JIT initial report on Sahiwal incident presented to PM
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Punjab government on Wednesday presented the initial report of the joint investigation team (JIT) on Sahiwal incident to Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The initial report of JIT has held officers of the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) responsible for the killings of three members of the same family.
The minister said that the JIT report found no link between Khalil family and terrorism, and hold the CTD officials behind their tragic extra-judicial killings.
The sources said that the steps taken by the provincial government after the incident were also mentioned in the report. PM Khan directed the provincial government to submit recommendations for reforms in the Punjab Police Department and measures to halt such incidents in future.
JIT submits initial report
Earlier, the JIT probing the incident in which four people were killed had submitted its preliminary report to the Punjab government. A high-level meeting presided by Chief Minister of Punjab (CM) Buzdar reviewed the JIT report that said that CTD officials could have checked the car after it stopped however; criminal negligence was demonstrated in the entire operation.
A day earlier, Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat termed the Sahiwal alleged encounter as ‘100 percent correct’. He also said that the further investigation would be launched about the matter of Zeeshan, who already declared terrorist by the provincial government.
He said the head of the JIT had sought some time to complete the investigation to ascertain the facts about Zeeshan, one of the persons killed in the operation whom the officials have been terming as ‘terrorist’ since day one.
Punjab govt removed top police officials
The law minister said the CTD Additional IGP and the DIG Sahiwal had immediately been removed from his post, while DIG CTD and the SSP, who led the Sahiwal encounter, were suspended.
He also said that challan of five CTD officials will be presented before the anti-terrorism court (ATC) tomorrow (on Wednesday) and have been charged under Section 302 of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).