CTD threatening us to drop case: Sahiwal victims’ family

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The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) officials are threatening us to drop the case, said relatives of the victims who were massacred in the Sahiwal tragedy.

The family with their lawyer held a press conferece earlier during the day and said that officials of the provincial CTD were threatening to kill them if they did not drop the case.

One of the family members of the Sahiwal tragedy claimed that a top CTD official called him and threatened to kill him.

The family’s lawyer, Shahbaz Bukhari, played a seven-minute call recording and said that he had forwarded the recording to Additional IG Ijaz Shah, who is the head of the JIT.

He said that AIG Ijaz Shah had promised him that definitive action will be taken against the culprit.
The lawyer said that intelligence agencies had assured him that the case will move forward in a positive direction and that culprits would be dealt with sternly.

“I hope Prime Minister Imran Khan and other ministers will also meet the victims of the Sahiwal tragedy,” he said.

Rgearding the future course of action, he said that a petition will be filed in the provincial high court to shift the case from Sahiwal to Lahore.

He requested the government to provide security to the family.

Sahiwal tragedy

Four people, including husband and wife and their teenage daughter, were killed when a team of counter-terrorism force opened fire on a car in broad daylight in Sahiwal on Saturday.

The victims, all from Lahore, were going to Burewala to attend a wedding.

The CTD personnel who took part in the staged encounter were detained and an FIR was lodged against them.

Ahead of his two-day visit to Qatar, Premier Khan took to Twitter to reassure the nation of his commitment to punish the guilty.

“The grief & anger of the ppl of Pak on Sahiwal incident is understandable & justified,” Khan wrote, adding: “I assure the nation that when I return from Qatar not only will the guilty be given exemplary punishment but I will review the entire structure of Punjab police & start process of reforming it.”

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