ARY News fires popular news anchor Arshad Sharif over social media posts

LAHORE – ARY News has “parted ways” with its popular news anchor Arshad Sharif over his social media posts.–Photo courtesy Arshad Sharif (Twitter)

LAHORE — ARY News on Wednesday “parted ways” with its popular news anchor Arshad Sharif over his social media posts.

Announcing its decision, ARY News said in a Twitter post, “ARY Network’s code of conduct for its employees clearly states that any post by an employee on social media strictly has to be in accordance with the company’s policy. Thus with a heavy heart we would like to announce that after a journey of 8 years together, ARY has parted ways with Arshad Sharif. We wish him all the very best for his future endeavours.”

Here some of the Twitter posts that Arshad shared in recent days:

Arshad Sharif is not the first TV anchor to be laid off since the incumbent government led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif took over the rein of the country on April 11, 2022 after toppling Imran Khan’s government through a vote of no confidence on April 10.

Arshad fled Pakistan after a case was registered against him three weeks ago. He flew to Dubai from Peshawar’s Bacha Khan Airport. His family later confirmed he has left the country and picture at the airport’s departure lounge was also released to the social media.

ARY News CEO Salman Iqbal, Head of News Ammad Yousaf and Kashif Abbasi were also booked on charges of sedition after the arrest of PTI leader Dr Shahbaz Gill. News of Arshad’s escape came hours after Yousaf was arrested at his house in Karachi.

Successive governments in Pakistan have tried in one way or the other to muzzle the media. As a consequence, Pakistan ranks 157 on the Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index of 2022, below Afghanistan and Russia.

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