Minister accuses hosts of role in Arshad Sharif's killing.

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah on Friday accused the two brothers who hosted Arshad Sharif in Kenya of being in cahoots with Kenyan police over the journalist's murder.

Speaking on the Geo Pakistan show, the minister termed Mr Sharif's murder a 'target killing' and said that this was not a case of 'mistaken identity'.

He alleged that the two brothers had Mr Sharif killed along with the Kenyan police and then tried to paint a different picture. 'The brothers aren't even providing [investigators] access to their mobile phone data,' he claimed.

While investigations are under way to probe Mr Sharif's death, several TV channels claimed that he was tortured and shot at close range after he was asked to step out of his car.

Pims director says 'torture claims' can only be confirmed upon receipt of forensics report

News broadcasts showed images that allegedly showed bullet marks and signs of torture on the body, claiming that the post-mortem report mentioned signs of torture.

But according to Pakistan Institute of Management (Pims) Director Dr Khalid Masood, only a forensics report could confirm if journalist Arshad Sharif was tortured before being shot dead, reported on Friday.

In an interview with DawnNewsTV, Dr Masood said that it could neither be 'confirmed nor denied' that the journalist was tortured. However, he confirmed that Mr Sharif's nails were 'removed' and his body was bruised.

'We still haven't received the post-mortem report from Kenya [...] so we can't say if the nails were removed for forensic purposes or if it was torture,' he said, stating that only a forensics report could confirm if the journalist was tortured.

'Only the medico-legal team can give an expert opinion about the nails being removed,' he added.

He also said that the hospital had sent photographs of the bruises on Mr Sharif's body for forensics...

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