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ATC fails to indict six suspects in Sahiwal killings case over lawyer’s absence

March 14, 2019

Six suspects in the Sahiwal killings case were not indicted Thursday after one suspect’s lawyer failed to show up in court. 

An anti-terrorism court has adjourned the hearing of the case till March 28.

Six suspects arrested in the case were supposed to be indicted for the murder of four people in Sahiwal on January 19. However, the court could not proceed with the indictment because the lawyer of one suspect, Safdar Hussain, did not appear in the court.

Related: CTD officials opened fire on a stationary vehicle in Sahiwal: forensic report

Khalil, his wife Nabila, their teenage daughter Areeba and friend Zeeshan Javed were killed after CTD officials opened fire on their car in Sahiwal on January 19. The Punjab government formed an investigation team to probe the case, however, the families of the deceased demanded the formation of a judicial commission to investigate it instead.

The judicial commission was formed on February 14 by a two-judge bench of Lahore High Court, headed by Chief Justice Sardar Muhammad Shamim Khan.

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