FIR lodged against 16 unknown CTD officers in Sahiwal incident
SAHIWAL (92 News) – The first information report (FIR) against 16 unknown Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) officials has been lodged under terrorism and murder sections at the Yousafwala police station on Sunday. According to the details garnered, the FIR was lodged under 302 and Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) on behalf of Khaleel’s brother Jaleel. In the FIR, ten officials were in uniform and six without uniform. After registering the FIR, deadlock between protesters and administrative authorities on the Sahiwal incident was ended after 12 hours. It was reported that Khaleel’s family members, relatives and their neighbours took to streets in Lahore with dead bodies to stage demonstration against police and the CTD. Residents of the area also joined the protest which compelled district police officer (DPO) of Sahiwal to lodge the FIR after negotiations with the demonstrators failed repeatedly. A large number of protesters stayed outside the police station and chanted full throat slogans against police till the FIR was not registered. Traffic remained stranded on Ferozpur Road and other adjoining areas for more than 17 hours, causing severe inconvenience for commuters. Moreover, a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been formed which will be headed by DIG Zulfiqar Hameed after PM Imran Khan, CM Usman Buzdar and Punjab Inspector General Police Amjad Javed Saleemi took note of the incident. The DIG has sought an inquiry report of the incident from Sahiwal regional police officer (RPO) and CTD Punjab. Representatives of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Military Intelligence (MI) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) are also included in the JIT. Earlier, four people, including two women, were killed by the CTD officials near toll plaza on Saturday. 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. Khalil’s brother said that they had been living in the area for 30 years. “My brother Khalil, his wife Nabeela and four children had gone to Burewala to attend a marriage ceremony. Khalil’s friend Zeeshan had gone with them as driver,” he said. His relatives said that Khalil and Zeeshan had no link with any organization. They said that Khalil ran a store with his brother. “All three have been killed for nothing,” 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. On the other hand, IGP Punjab Amjad Javed Saleemi has demanded a report from the RPO within 24 hours. Federal Minister for Information Fawad Ch said that the deceased were big terrorists. “According to the initial investigations, the terrorists had used the women as a shield,” he added.