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Court reserves verdict on the formation of a judicial commission to probe Sahiwal shooting

March 18, 2019

The Lahore High Court reserved on Monday its verdict on a petition seeking the formation of a judicial commission to probe the Sahiwal shooting.

Four people, including three members of a family, were killed in an alleged encounter with the personnel of the Counter-Terrorism Department of the Punjab police on January 19. An investigation team formed by the Punjab government found the policemen guilty of opening fire on the family. The investigators declared Mohammad Khalil, his wife Nabeela and their 13-year-old daughter, Areeba, innocent in the case. The CTD, however, said that one of the deceased, Zeeshan, was a terrorist. The victims families have demanded the formation of a judicial commission to investigate the shooting.

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The judicial inquiry report, prepared by a magistrate, was presented before a two-member bench of the court on Monday. “We can only send the report to a sessions judge,” said LHC Chief Justice Sardar Muhammad Shamim Khan.

The lawyer of Jalil, who is brother of Muhammed Khalil, requested the court to form a judicial commission. “Zeeshan’s mother has already submitter her application too,” Barrister Ehtesham said.

How can we form a judicial commission if the government doesn’t want one, said a judge.

Related: Sahiwal victims’ son says CTD personnel opened fire on his parents, sister after ‘receiving a call’

Zeeshan’s mother had moved the court against the police report that declared her son a terrorist. She and Khalil’s brother pleaded the court form a judicial commission in the case.

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