Punjab government has removed the additional IG CTD and other highest level officials of the CTD and Sahiwal police. The Punjab government took this decision after receiving the initial report of JIT which is probing the Sahiwal incident. The CTD Sahiwal killed four people on January 19 including three members of a family. The Punjab government formed the JIT to find out the real facts of this alleged encounter.
The JIT in its initial report submitted to Chief Minister Punjab has found CTD officials responsible for the killing of Khalil, his wife and teen age daughter. JIT find this family innocent.
Speaking to media persons about the finding of JIT’s initial report submitted to Punjab Chief Minister and other top officials on Tuesday, Punjab law minister Raja Basharat said that Additional IG police and Additional IG CTD have been removed from their positions. “SSP CTD Sahiwal, DSP CTD Sahiwal and all officers involved in Saturday encounter will be suspended and prosecuted under anti-terror law,” he said.
He told the media that the initial Joint Investigation Agency (JIT) report found no terror links of the late Khalil family, and held the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) officials responsible for their killing in the Sahiwal ‘encounter’.
About the murder of Zaishan Javed, he said that the JIT head has asked for more time to investigate further about allegations of his links with terror outfits. “It is a test case for the Government of Punjab. We will provide justice to the heirs of victims,” he said,
To a question, he defended the operation, but lamented the killing of innocent people.
The operation was 100 percent correct. But innocent people should not have been killed,” he argued.
The Khalil family (father, mother, teenage daughter) along with Zaishan who was driving the car were killed on January 19 when CTD officials stopped their vehicle and opened fire in Sahiwal.
CTD personnel said they had killed a local commander of militant organisation Daesh and three others in the operation. Eyewitnesses, however, disputed the claim and said the people in the car did not fire at officials, nor were any explosives recovered from the vehicle.
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