Sixteen CTD officials booked for Sahiwal killings, says Shireen Mazari

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Human Rights, Shireen Mazari, said on Tuesday that 16 CTD officials had been booked under the anti-terrorism law for the Sahiwal massacre.

Four people were gunned down by police on Saturday in Sahiwal district which included a father, his wife and daughter by officials of the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD).

CTD officials claimed that they had killed an important member of Daesh in the encounter and that the suspects had fired at them first.

Eyewitnesses dispute police’s claims and state that the persons inside the vehicle did not open fire at the law enforcement personnel.

“16 people have been booked under the anti-terrorism law 302,” said Shireen Mazari. “10 of the personnel were in uniform and six in plain clothes.”

Sahiwal massacre: Report can’t be submitted today, says JIT head

Syed Ijaz Hussain Shah, the Punjab Police Additional Inspector General (AIG) said on Tuesday that the JIT report on the Sahiwal killings cannot be submitted today.

Speaking to media, Shah said that members of the JIT visited Sahiwal district where the shooting took place and recorded statements of eyewitnesses.

He said that it was not possible to submit the report by 5pm on Tuesday as a scientific investigation and proper inquiry had to be conducted.

“It is not even possible to submit an initial report right now. We will conduct investigations on scientific basis and determine what the truth is,” he said. “Nothing can be said till all things are clear. Six officials of the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) are under custody and their statements have been recorded, meanwhile we are collecting evidence.”

He said that a report will be presented to Chief Minister Buzdar after lab reports would be received.
“We can only reach a conclusion after initial statements are recorded and lab results are received,” he said.

 

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