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Sharif in 2013
|Native name||ارشد شریف|
22 February 1973
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
|Alma mater||[[Gordon College Rawalpindi]]
(BA in Journalism)
(MPA in Public Administration)
(M.A. in Masters in Media Studies)
|Occupation||Anchor and Analyst, ARY News|
|Known for||Power Play in ARY News
Reporter in DAWN
Kyun? (Why?) in Dunya
|Notable credit(s)||Director News, Dunya TV|
|Awards||Agahi Award, Asian Investigative Media Award, War Correspondent Award |
Arshad Sharif (Urdu: ارشد شریف b. 22 February 1973) is a Pakistani journalist, writer and photographer. He specialized in investigative journalism, and covered many political events in the country for the national and international news organizations, mainly for the United Kingdom. He has received many awards for his journalistic work.
Sharif is currently hosting and is a primarily the host of the PowerPlay on ARY News. Sharif served on AAJ News as News Director. Prior to joining Aaj, he was leading the news team of Dunya TV as Director News and the host of program Kyun.
Sharif was born in Karachi, Pakistan. He began his journalistic career as a freelancer in 1993 while he was still a student. He received his Master of Science in Public Administration from Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad. He also has a master's degree in Media Studies from UK with a distinction as a Chevening scholar. His younger brother, Major Ashraf Sharif was martyred by Taliban militants in Karak when he was on way to attend the funeral of his father in May 2011. On hearing about the death of his father, Major Ashraf Sharif, left Bannu Cantonment without any escort. When he reached Karak, his vehicle was fired upon by Taliban militants, resulting in his martyrdom. Commander Muhammad Sharif and the younger brother of Arshad Sharif, Major Ashraf Sharif were laid to rest with full military honour at the H-11 Graveyard.
Sharif covered conflicts in tribal areas with the specialisation in defence and foreign affairs. He reported for leading Pakistani news organisations from London, Paris, Strasbourg and Kiel. Sharif is the winner of a 2012 Agahi Award.
Arshad Sharif started his program Power Play on ARY News in 2014 and the program proved to be a roaring success. The program focused on giving viewers new information rather than having discussions. Following this program HEC Privatisation had to be reviewed by the government. Sharif brought to attention that the Motorway project was going to Saifur Rehman of Ahtesaab Commission fame. He publicized the document signed by Saifur Rehman and Chairman NHA in China under the cover of a Chinese investment company.
Sharif brought to attention one of the most controversial privatizations in the history of Pakistan, MCB. Sharif unearthed the long lost NAB report on MCB Privatisation that showed how Nawaz Sharif had handed the bank to Mian Mansha for small favours. Sharif also brought to attention the illegitimate purchase of St. James Hotel in London by Nishat Group.
PowerPlay is perhaps the only program in Pakistani news channels which started raising questions on foreign properties of The Sharif Family even before Panama Papers. Later, PowerPlay team sent questions to Prime Minister Media Cell regarding their off shore companies which remain unanswered to the date. Arshad Sharif via his program PowerPlay was the one who brought most of the documents and investigations related to the affidavit of Ishaq Dar, SECP Inquiry into PanamaLeaks, other off shore companies which were later admitted by the Sharif family. The investigative work by Arshad Sharif and his programme team of PowerPlay was upheld to be of profound significance in the Judgements disqualifying Nawaz Sharif as the Prime Minister. Many of the findings of the Joint Investigation Team were based on leads and investigations about Sharif family which were earlier shown on programme PowerPlay.
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