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FIR registered against 16 CTD officials for involvement in fatal shooting of four people in Sahiwal

SAMAA | , , , and - Posted: Jan 20, 2019 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Posted: Jan 20, 2019 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
FIR registered against 16 CTD officials for involvement in fatal shooting of four people in Sahiwal

It was initially reported that the CTD had rescued three kidnapped children

A FIR was lodged on Sunday afternoon against the 16 Counter-Terrorism Department officials allegedly involved in the Sahiwal shooting. They were arrested on Saturday night on the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The cops were allegedly involved in the killing of four people in a police shooting near the Okara toll plaza in Sahiwal. A case has been registered at the Yousafwala police station.

The deceased have been identified as 42-year-old Mohammad Khalil, his wife Nabila, 38, their 14-year-old daughter Areeba and their friend, Zeeshan Javed. They hailed from Kot Lakhpat. Three children—two sisters and a brother—were in the car too.

Related: Punjab CM Usman Buzdar vows that ‘visible’ justice will be served in Sahiwal case

After the PM contacted him, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar had directed Punjab Inspector-General Amjad Javed Saleemi to arrest the CTD police officials and register a case against them.

The IG and CTD officials accepted that the counter-terrorism department were at fault for acting on a ‘weak’ tip-off. They met with the CM on Sunday.

A team is investigating if the person who gave the tip-off had a vendetta against Zeeshan. The police have yet to find any proof of Zeeshan being involved in any terrorist activity.

The CTD claimed that the car in which the family was travelling had tinted windows, which is why they weren’t able to see the children and woman sitting in the backseat.

On Saturday, a joint investigation team was constituted by the Punjab IG to investigate the killings. The team is headed by DIG Zulfiqar Hameed and includes members of the Inter-Services Intelligence, Military Intelligence, and Intelligence Bureau. The report will be submitted in three days.

Related: Two terrorists shot dead in Faisalabad

The CTD has identified one of the deceased as Zeeshan. The department initially said that he was wanted in several cases of crime, including the kidnapping of Ali Haider Gilani, the son of former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani, and several American citizens. It also says he was the deputy chief of a banned outfit.

They said that the rented car he was driving was used to carry out operations for a banned outfit’s network, they said. They claimed he was transporting explosives to Southern Punjab. Safe City cameras had picked up the car.

The department has also said that the family was being used as a cover by Zeeshan.

Initially, it was being reported that the CTD believed that the four people were kidnappers but later it was reported that they were terrorists. They said the children had been kidnapped. According to the Sahiwal police, the operation was conducted by the Lahore CTD.

The hospital at which the children are at has been completely sealed and no one is being allowed to enter the emergency department.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered an inquiry into the incident while the Punjab IG and chief minister have also taken notice of the incident.

The family said that one of the deceased, Zeeshan, was their taxi driver who they had hired to attend a wedding in a nearby village.

Punjab CM’s spokesperson Shahbaz Gill has said that the incident is being investigated from all angles. One possibility could be that the terrorists were taking cover of the female passengers, he said.

Related: The facts of the Sahiwal shooting will be made public, says Fawad Chaudhry

The children were brought to the General Hospital in Lahore and are being treated there.

Protests erupt across Punjab

The family of the deceased is protesting the incident outside DHQ Teaching Hospital Sahiwal. They have demanded that the bodies of the victims be handed over to them.

The family is saying that no higher authorities have reached the hospital to address the issue yet.

Meanwhile, Lahore’s Ferozepur Road was blocked for a few hours by citizens protesting the incident. The protesters termed the killings of the four people as “cold-blooded murder” by the CTD. They later called off the protest after assurances from the city administration to look into the matter.

On Sunday morning a protest in Lahore caused the Metro Bus service to be shut down.



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  1. sumbal  January 19, 2019 3:41 pm/ Reply

    agar ye bachy kidnap hain tu ab tk tu ink parents sy related koi news ajani chaye thi… we hope Kay ye bachy kidnap hi huy hon or ink parents jald police sy rabta Karen.

  2. Ali  January 19, 2019 5:54 pm/ Reply

    Shame on you punjab police shame on you…terrorist to tm ho wo bhi wardi me….khalil bhai mery hamsaye thy…un jaisa koe khush ikhlaaq bnda e ni tha muhally me. T_T
    Khuda na kary kabhi tmhary gharo sy bhi aik sath 4,4janazy niklen

  3. musharaf  January 20, 2019 6:12 am/ Reply

    officials involved in this barbaric murdershould be hanged to death. nip the evil in the bud.

  4. naveed  January 20, 2019 1:14 pm/ Reply

    this will not stop even when people start burning policement instead of tyres on the road

  5. Muhammad  January 20, 2019 1:22 pm/ Reply

    Kuch nahi hoo ga.. this is PAKISTAN…!

  6. Ahmed  January 20, 2019 2:41 pm/ Reply

    Kill the officials who killed an innocent family. Hang the evil killers , Allah sab daik raha hae. Insha Allah aisay zulm karnay walo kae sath bhi aisa hi ho gah. Allah karay insaf ho aur jis jis nae bhi goli mari woh pansi per latkay..ameen

  7. vicky  January 20, 2019 2:49 pm/ Reply

    kya kehyn sab say bardi choor or dehshatgard pakistan ki police hai. jis din yeh police choor bzari say baaz aa k insan ban jaye ge na os din hmara pakistan aik chand ki trah chamkay ga

  8. Ali Ahmed  January 20, 2019 4:08 pm/ Reply

    We need true justice. All what is told by police and CTD seems to be fake. they say two,people run away who were in the car. how a smal ALTO car can accomodate 9 persons with baggage and explosive which CTD is reporting. how can two person from car run away while CTD have vehicles. they can catch a car but not man runaway by feet. Ricdiculoues. All should be hanged to lesson these criminals.
    Nothing will happen in this country and case will be weakened day by day.
    Ya Allah make our country with true justice and free from Corruption and put all corrupt on justice line.

  9. Umair Ahsan Gondal  January 21, 2019 12:23 am/ Reply

    All the initial happnings indicates towards killing innocent family .

  10. GulNoman  January 21, 2019 8:47 am/ Reply

    We should wait. Authorities have more proof to give. Don’t judge beforehand this could be the plan of terrorists. Agar Mera neighbor acha hai that dosent mean he cannot be in wrong activities.
    Maut to likhi hai Jo jaisee zindagi guzaray GA waise maut paee GA. They should surrender. Jewelry n clothes can be earned but life cannot.

    • Anonymous  January 21, 2019 11:44 am/ Reply

      R u stupid? They DID surrender. Are you blind about how Punjab police has been killing innocent people? Don’t u know the law how to approach? For yr kind info go n check the family has been proved as innocent.

  11. Ahsan  January 21, 2019 1:20 pm/ Reply

    Encounter k liye victim k pas weapons hona zrori hai or wo ishtahri bhi ho mazahmat b kry..lekin car k andr bethy ik family me se 3 bchon ko nikal k baki sab ko mout k muhn utarny ko encouter bolty ye log??
    Agar unko rok lia tha to police station q nahi le kar gaye.. bgair verification k qatal e amm kr k bad me us jhoot py parda dalna or mamla thnda hone par keh dena k that was our fault.. lanat aisy department or system py.. 4 logon ki jan leny me ik minute bhi nai lagaya or ab iquiry k liye 2 din hogy abi tak inko yehi smj nai arahi k us innocent family ko terrorist bna kar awam k samny kesy pesh kiya jaye

  12. Faisal Khan  January 21, 2019 3:24 pm/ Reply

    The CTD Officials have taken the law in their hand without any solid proof. And which law of the world allowed to do such happenings with families. if any of the persons Khalil or Mr. Zeeshan was involved in any criminal activities they should be arrested and open court trial was there for them. These persons are a black spot on the society. on the other hand Pakistani Police is also very corrupt. These officials should be punished /hanged publically

  13. Khan.. UK  January 22, 2019 3:02 am/ Reply

    CDT are responsible for the cold blooded murder of this family.
    The ones responsible should be hanged in public.

  14. Ahmed  January 23, 2019 6:41 am/ Reply

    I am glad and thanks to Allah that I left Pakistan 28 years ago.

  15. Umer Sajaad  April 1, 2019 12:49 pm/ Reply

    There is no humanity in Pakistan police. They can kill innocent children and declare them as terrorists. Even a teenager who does not know what is terrorism. No one believes on claims of police which are always fake from several years. When encounter takes place between two groups, persons from both groups are killed. How Pakistan police declare such incidents as encounter in which no police officer gets hurted only other people of other group are killed.

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