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Sahiwal incident: Punjab govt assures Khalil’s family of justice

Sahiwal incident: Punjab govt assures Khalil’s family of justice
February 5, 2019
LAHORE (92 News) – Spokesperson for Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Gill said on Monday that the provincial government will do whatever is possible for providing justice to the Sahiwal victims’ family. Speaking to the journalists along with Khalil’s brother, the spokesperson asserted that the government stands shoulder to shoulder with the family of deceased killed by the Counter Terrorism Department in a shootout at Sahiwal. Gill said the Punjab government facilitated a meeting between the JIT members and late Khalil family’s relatives at the Punjab Chief Minister’s House. “PM Imran Khan has made it clear that the government is with the family,” he added.
Sahiwal Victim Khalil's family meets JIT head
Brothers of Khalil on Monday met head of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed to probe into the incident. After the meeting, Khalil’s brother said that the provincial government has assured them of providing justice to the affected family. He said that they met head of the JIT and matters pertaining to the Sahiwal incident came under discussion during the meeting. Jalil, the brother of late Khalil, said that he is expected to meet JIT chief Ijaz Shah tomorrow. “Only after the meeting we will be able to tell if we are satisfied with the government's performance on the issue or not,” he said. The family's counsel, Barrister Ehtisham said that Jalil will record his statement before the JIT tomorrow, and said that the family has not received any pressure from any quarters to take back the case.
LHC asks officer’s name those ordered for Sahiwal operation
Earlier today, the Lahore High Court (LHC) asked the names of officer those issued order for the Sahiwal police shootout. A two-member bench headed by Chief Justice Sardar Muhammad Shamim Khan was hearing the case on formation of judicial commission on the Sahiwal incident. The LHC chief justice expressed displeasure over absence of the inspector general of Punjab police (IGP). “Why he did not turn up despite being summoned, he asked. “Tell me, who gave the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) officials order to conduct the operation? Bring the record in which the CTD officer gave order for it,” the LHC ordered. “If the record was altered then everybody would be responsible for the consequences,” he added.
Four, including two women, killed by CTD in Sahiwal
Earlier Jan 19, four people, including two women, were killed by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) officials near toll plaza. A child was also injured in the cross-fire, while two remained unhurt. The injured has been shifted to hospital. The local police have expressed their ignorance about the incident. The CTD spokesman claimed that a CTD team tried to stop a car and bike, but the car riders opened fire on them. He said that four people, including two women, were killed. “Three terrorists managed to escape and have been identified as Shahid Jabbar, Abdul Rehman and their accomplice. This was part of the operation in Faisalabad that took place on January 16,” he added. He said that a killed terrorist has been identified, adding that the terrorists were traveling with the family to avoid the arrest. “It is a network of a banned organization who had killed three officers of the ISI in Multan and one in Faisalabad.  Adeel Hafeez was killed in Faisalabad, while Zeeshan was killed in Sahiwal,” he disclosed. The CTD spokesman claimed that the terrorists had kidnapped a US national and son of former prime minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani. “These terrorists had killed several people and were involved in several firing and blast incidents,”  he said. He said that it was the most dangerous group of Daesh in Punjab. Witnesses said that no resistance was shown from the car. They added that the security personnel opened fire on the car and killed four people. They said that the officials took away three children from the site. The injured child said that they were going to their relatives in Burewala. “My father requested the policemen to get money and not open the fire at them. My father’s friend called Molvi was accompanying us,” he said.On the other hand, Prime Minister Imran Khan has taken notice of the Sahiwal incident and ordered to make the facts public. Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar phoned the IGP Punjab and hold investigations into the incident.