Sahiwal ‘encounter’: Case registered against 16 CTD officials

Sahiwal ‘encounter’: Case registered against 16 CTD officials

Sahiwal (Staff Report): Police have registered a case against at least sixteen officials of the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) under terrorism charges for their involvement in Sahiwal ‘encounter’.

Yousafwala police station of Sahiwal district on Sunday registered the case on the complaint of Jaleel Ahmed, the brother of deceased Khaleel.

The FIR was lodged under section 302 (premeditated murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code along with section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.

On Saturday, the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) killed four people, including parents and their teenage daughter near Qadirabad.

Khalil, a resident of Kot Lakhpat, Lahore, his wife Nabeela, their 13-year-old daughter, and their neighbour, Zeeshan, were on their way to a wedding in Burewala when they were killed in firing on their car near the toll plaza on GT Road in the Qadirabad area.

Three children in the car survived. Khalil and Nabeela's minor son sustained a bullet injury while their two other daughters remained unhurt.

According to an initial medical examination, Khalil sustained 13 bullet wounds in his chest and head, his wife Nabeela sustained four, Zeeshan was found to have 10 bullet injuries; and Areeba, six bullets.

CTD officials said those killed in the shooting were terrorists belonging to a proscribed militant organisation, Daesh. The CTD spokesperson identified one of them, Zeeshan, as an active member of the banned outfit, explaining that the terrorists used to travel with families to avoid police checking.

After Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar’s ordered, the CTD personnel have been taken into custody on Saturday evening.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan has promised that "swift action" would be taken against those found responsible for the Sahiwal incident.

Imran Khan said he is still shocked at seeing the traumatized children who saw their parents shot before their eyes. He said these children will now be fully looked after by the state as its responsibility.