- Maryam says a prayer for the Sharifs.
- “I’m undoing the tweet,” the PML-N leader tweeted.
- A politician apologises for hurting a bereaved family.
PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz apologised on Tuesday for an insensitive tweet she made earlier today about murdered Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif, who was assassinated in Nairobi by Kenyan police after a case of “mistaken identity.”
She went back on Twitter and apologised with the following message: “My tweet was about learning from history, not about making fun of anyone in particular. I retract the tweet and deeply apologise for any hurt it may have caused the resentful.”
May no one ever have to go through this pain, Maryam added in her condolences to the “bereaved family.”
A person tweeted a photograph of Sharif’s remains being prepared for transport to Pakistan in a casket earlier today on Twitter. His message was accompanied by comments criticising the journalist for his prejudice toward the Sharif family throughout their difficult time in exile, as well as for politicising Kulsoom Nawaz’s death.
Maryam later referenced the tweet, praising the statement but mocking the journalist for his previous conduct. After receiving harsh criticism from online users, the PML-N leader deleted the tweet and apologised.
I don’t feel good retweeting this, but we should all learn from it, said the PML-N leader.
A judicial commission will investigate Sharif’s death.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has agreed to form a judicial panel to investigate the killing of Arshad Sharif in Kenya, with a high court judge serving as its chair.
Major General Babar Iftikhar, the director general (DG) of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), added that the military has requested that the government launch a high-level probe.
The journalist’s body was flown from Kenya to Pakistan after legal procedures were expedited.
While Sharif’s body was being carried to Pakistan, Pakistani High Commissioner Saqlain Syeda personally saw the proceedings for several hours. According to the PML-N leader, she lingered at the Nairobi airport for several hours before the body was transferred to Pakistan.