ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that it is deeply saddened at the untimely death of prominent journalist and anchorperson Arshad Sharif in Kenya.
“We convey our sincere condolences to the bereaved family,” the ministry said in a statement on Monday.
It said that Pakistan’s High Commissioner in Kenya received the initial information about the death of Arshad Sharif early in the morning of October 24.
The High Commissioner accordingly contacted the police authorities, and Senior Officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other Departments. Office of the Vice President was also contacted for confirmation.
Pakistanis of Kenyan Origin were also mobilised. The Mission was informed that the body was in Chiromo Funeral House in Nairobi.
The High Commissioner along with Mission’s officers reached the location, and has identified the body of Mr. Sharif.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Acting Foreign Secretary has visited the family of Arshad Sharif and conveyed confirmation of the sad news, and heartfelt condolences on behalf of the Foreign Minister and the Minister of State. His family has been assured of all possible assistance by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It said that further procedures including police report are awaited.
The High Commission will facilitate expeditious repatriation of mortal remains of Arshad Sharif in coordination with the host authorities.