The main eye witness Umair, the son of Late Khalil, who was killed in Sahiwal shootout by officials of Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) on Friday (Feb 8) has recorded his statement before Joint Investigation Team (JIT) and rejected the CTD officials’ statements that they did not initiate firing. In his statement he also claimed that there were no explosive materials in their car and upheld that the statement issued by the CTD officials was fabricated.
The 12-year-old Umair, who was injured in the shootout recalled that when their car reached near Qadirpur, someone opened fired at it from behind adding that “Because of the firing, our car collided with the footpath and an official, whose face was covered, opened fire on our driver Zeeshan and killed him”. Umair continued “ “When the firing paused, we could hear one of the officials speaking on the phone.” My father then started pleading with the masked officials and told them to “take whatever they wanted but spare our lives”.
“At that point, the official got off the phone and ordered the others to start shooting again,” he added. “The police opened fire for a second time and my parents and sister Areeba were killed.” “My father had hidden Muniba in his lap, while my mother had hidden Hadia and me,” he added. “Eventually an unknown person picked us up and left us at a petrol pump. The officials then came to the petrol pump and took us to a hospital,” he said.
Earlier on January 19, Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) claimed that four alleged terrorists, members of militant organisation, Daesh, including two women were shot dead, in an operation near GT Road, Sahiwal. Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed to investigate Sahiwal killing of four people, under AIG Aijaz Shah’s supervision, in its initial findings held Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) officials responsible for killing of people in Sahiwal and declared Late Khalil’s family innocent as they have no links with terrorists, said Punjab Law Minister Muhammad Basharat Raja.
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17 November, 2019