The Supreme Court has fixed suo motu case of senior journalist Arshad Sharif’s assassination for hearing on March 17.
The case will be heard on Friday by a larger five-member panel headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial, the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP).
Justices Ijaz-ul-Ahsan, Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, Jamal Khan Mandokhail, and Muhammad Ali Mazhar are additional judges on the bench.
Suo motu proceedings were started by the five-judge SC panel in order to guarantee an open and impartial probe into the journalist’s murder.
Arshad Sharif’s assassination
The senior journalist and former ARY News anchor were killed in Kenyan capital Nairobi on October 23 where he was living in self-exile.
Arshad Sharif case: Supreme Court rejects JIT report
After Arshad Sharif’s post-mortem and return to his home country, Kenyan police initially claimed that the veteran journalist was killed in a “mistaken identity” incident. However, several Kenyan news outlets have since questioned both the police’s activities and the circumstances surrounding Sharif’s death.