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Slain Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif. — AFP

Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial has taken suo motu notice of the “brutal” murder of journalist Arshad Sharif in Kenya, a notice issued by the Supreme Court (SC) stated Tuesday.

A five-member bench, headed by the CJP, will hear the case today at 12:30pm.

The court said that the CJP has issued notices to the interior secretary, foreign secretary, information secretary, director generals of Federal Investigation Authority (FIA), Intelligence Bureau, and president of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists.

Last week, former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan wrote a letter to the CJP demanding a judicial inquiry into Sharif’s killing. The journalist was shot dead in Kenya on October 24.

“The journalist community in the country and the public at large are deeply distressed and concerned about the death of the senior journalist and are seeking the court’s scrutiny of the matter,” said the apex court in a statement announcing the suo motu action.

This is a developing story and is being updated with more details.

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