After a tweet about the murdered journalist Arshad Sharif was deemed “insensitive and disgusting” and received considerable criticism from lawmakers, journalists, and activists, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz apologised and deleted it on Tuesday.
According to reports, local police in Kenya shot and killed Sharif on Sunday night. A police statement afterwards expressed “regrets on the tragic occurrence” and said an investigation was ongoing.
Initial reports in Kenyan media said that Sharif was killed by police in a “mistaken identity” incident.
From all political perspectives, many were shocked by the news and expressed their condolences.
At after 3 p.m. today, Maryam shared a message that said Sharif had made fun of Nawaz Sharif’s mother’s passing during his lifetime only to suffer a similar fate.
“This is a lesson for mankind that we must all imbibe,” the PML-N leader captioned the retweet of the article.
Javeria Siddique, the widow of Sharif, responded to Maryam’s since-deleted comment by saying, “Have some shame Maryam and fear God.”
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Shahzeb Khanzada, an anchor and a seasoned journalist, called Maryam’s post a “shameful act” and one that should be strongly condemned.
“Murdered was a journalist. This is the government you have. It is your government’s duty to bring him to justice, and you are currently displaying your thinking,” he said it during the Geo News broadcast.
Senior journalist Mazhar Abbas opined that Maryam shouldn’t offend Sharif’s family and friends at this time, even if she was powerless to comfort them.