Lahore, January 22 (Online): A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) constituted to investigate Saturday’s police encounter in Sahiwal has held officers of the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) responsible for the killings of three members of the same family, Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat announced on Tuesday.Addressing a press conference, after a meeting that was held to review the JIT’s preliminary report, Basharat said the government has decided to remove several officers of the CTD upon recommendations of the investigation team. He said Punjab Govt has fulfilled its promise for speedy investigation of Sahiwal incident.
Raja Basharat said five CTD officials will be tried in Anti Terrorism court. He said Additional IG Punjab removed from his post, and SP of CTD suspended.
Earlier, JIT probing the incident in which four people were killed had submitted its preliminary report to the Punjab government on Tuesday. A high-level meeting headed by Chief Minister Usman Buzdar was held to review the report.
Besides Raja Basharat, Punjab minister Abdul Aleem Khan, the chief secretary and additional chief secretary for home, Punjab Inspector General of Police Amjad Javed Saleemi as well top officials from relevant agencies attended the meeting. Additional Inspector General (AIG) Ijaz Hussain Shah, who headed the JIT, was in attendance as well.
Khalil, a resident of Kot Lakhpat, Lahore, his wife Nabeela, their 13-year-old daughter, and their neighbour, Zeeshan, were on their way to a wedding in Burewala when they were killed in firing on their car near the toll plaza on GT Road in the Qadirabad area.Punjab law minister Raja Basharat said that five officers of Counter-Terrorism Department have been held responsible for the killing of Khalil’s family in Sahiwal according to initial report Joint Investigation Team (JIT). Basharat said that Additional IG police and Additional IG CTD have been removed from their positions.
“SSP CTD Sahiwal, DSP CTD Sahiwal and all officers involved in Saturday encounter will be suspended and prosecuted under anti-terror law,” he said.
About the murder of Zeehsan Javed, he said that the JIT head has asked for more time to investigate further about allegations of his links with terror outfits.
It is a test case for the Government of Punjab. We will provide justice to the heirs of victims,” he said, adding the incumbent government was committed to ensure justice was done. “Nobody is above the law,” he added.
Five CTD officers involved in the killing of Khali’s family will be tried in anti-terrorism court,” the law minister said. To a question, he defended the operation, but lamented the killing of innocent people.