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Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif killed in Kenya



KARACHI: A prominent Pakistani journalist was shot dead Sunday night along the Nairobi-Magadi highway in what police termed as a mistaken identity.

Arshad Sharif was shot in the head and killed by police after he and his driver allegedly breached a roadblock that had been set up to check on motor vehicles using the route. They were driving from Magadi town to Nairobi when they were flagged down at a roadblock being manned by a group of police officers, police said.

Police headquarters said Independent Policing Oversight Authority will take over the case. A senior police officer confirmed the shooting and added a comprehensive statement will be released later.

“We had an incident of shooting which turned out to be a case of mistaken identity involving a journalist. We will release more information later,” the officer said.

According to police, at the roadblock, there was a call for police to intercept a car similar to the one they were driving following a carjacking incident in Pangani area, Nairobi where a child was taken hostage.

And a few minutes later, Sharif’s car emerged at the roadblock and they were stopped and asked to identify themselves. They allegedly failed to stop and drove past the roadblock.

This prompted a brief chase and shooting that left Sharif dead. Their car rolled and his driver was injured and taken to hospital. He later told police he and his slain colleague were developers and were headed for a site in Magadi.

The news of the incident spread fast in Pakistan where the journalist was prominent.

Sharif’s wife Javeria Siddiqui took to Twitter and confirmed the tragic news, acknowledging that her husband was killed in Kenya.

“I lost friend, husband and my favourite journalist [Arshad Sharif] today, as per police he was shot in Kenya,” she tweeted.

She also urged the media and the public not to share their family pictures, personal details, and Sharif’s last pictures from the hospital on social media.

Sharif was previously associated with ARY News and had gone to Dubai after resigning from the channel.

Following the news of Sharif’s death, condolences started pouring in from across the country.

PTI chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his condolences over the death of journalist Arshad Sharif.

PML-N leader Hina Pervaiz Butt extended heartfelt condolences on the demise of the journalist, while PTI leader Ali Zaidi also expressed his grief on the death of Shariff

President Dr Arif Alvi termed Sharif’s death a loss for journalism and Pakistan.

“May his soul rest in peace and may his family, which includes his followers, have the strength to bear this loss,” Alvi said. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said he was deeply saddened. He offered condolences and prayers for the journalist’s family.

Latest now redirects to Twitter



DUBAI: Twitter’s iconic bird logo is set to be replaced as the domain ‘X. com’ now redirects users to the micro-blogging platform. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and founder of X. com in 1999, confirmed the change in a tweet, stating that the interim X logo would go live later.

Musk’s takeover of Twitter last year was seen as an accelerant to creating X, and now he is making moves to change Twitter’s logo to an “X” symbol, indicating a significant shift in the platform’s branding. The little blue birdie that has long represented Twitter may soon become a thing of the past.

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SereneAir offers upto 100kg luggage on Dubai-Pakistan flights



KARACHI: SereneAir, a popular Pakistani airline, has introduced a special offer called the ‘Baggage Bonanza’ for passengers traveling on the Dubai-Lahore and Dubai-Islamabad routes. This deal is available from 22nd July to 31st July 2023.

Under this scheme, Economy Class passengers can now carry up to 70 kg of luggage, spread across a maximum of three pieces, with each piece not exceeding 32 kg. For Serene Plus passengers, the allowance is even more generous, with a baggage limit of up to 100 kg, divided into four pieces, again with each piece not exceeding 32 kg.

This fantastic offer is valid for specific flights on the Dubai-Lahore route on 22nd, 24th, 26th, 29th, and 30th July. For the Dubai-Islamabad route, it’s available on 22nd, 23rd, 26th, 28th, and 31st July. All these flights will be operated using the Airbus 330-200 aircraft.

To take advantage of this fantastic deal and to find out more details about it, passengers can visit SereneAir’s official website or contact the airline’s UAN at 111-737-363. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enjoy extra baggage allowance during your travel!

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I am safe, says Anju who travelled to Pakistan amid wedding buzz



PESHAWAR: A married Indian woman recently traveled to Pakistan and released a video expressing her feelings of safety in the country amidst reports of her marriage to a man from Pakistan. According to media reports, Anju, a 34-year-old woman and mother of two, married Nasrullah, whom she had met online.

The couple reportedly tied the knot in a local court in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Upper Dir, with an official confirming the marriage. Photographs of the couple on a sightseeing trip surfaced online. Anju stated in the video that she had planned her entry into Pakistan. However, the authenticity of the photos could not be independently verified.

“I want to give this message to all that I have come here [Pakistan] legally and with planning as it was not about two days that I came here all of a sudden, and I am safe here,” she said.

Anju traveled to Pakistan on a one-month visa, and there were initial speculations about their marriage. However, Nasrullah has denied such plans, stating that Anju will return to India after her visa expires. Anju is married and has two children, and her husband was unaware of her travel plans.

The incident reflects a similar story of Seema Haider from Pakistan and Sachin Meena from India, who also crossed borders for love, facing legal consequences before being granted bail.

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