LHC orders judicial inquiry into shady Sahiwal encounter

Haider Ali 01:37 PM | 14 Feb, 2019
LHC orders judicial inquiry into shady Sahiwal encounter
LAHORE - The Lahore High Court ordered a sessions judge on Thursday to appoint a magistrate for conducting a judicial inquiry into the Counter Terrorism Department's Sahiwal shootout and furnish a report within a month.

A two-judge bench headed by the Chief Justice Sardar Muhammad Shamim Khan heard a petition seeking the formation of a judicial commission to conduct a probe into the  Sahiwal incident in which CTD personnel had allegedly killed four people including a teenage girl.

During the hearing today, the state lawyer informed the bench that statements of seven witnesses have been recorded. The bench inquired if the joint investigation team (JIT) had recorded the statements of the people named on the list given by the court.

However, when the JIT chief Ijaz Shah failed to give a satisfactory answer, the bench expressed displeasure over his lack of preparation.

"How about we issue you a notice saying that you did not act upon court's orders?" the judge remarked.

The court then ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident that had sent shock waves across the country and adjourned the proceedings for a period of two weeks.

A slew of petitions seeking the formation of a judicial commission have been filed in the high court by family members of victims and other lawyers.

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Ahmed Buzdar had earlier clarified that there was no need of a judicial commission as the JIT was already conducting the probe.

Investigations were being carried out by a joint investigation team transparently into the Sahiwal incident and on this stage, formation of the a judicial commission was not needed, Buzdar had elaborated after meeting Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Khalil, a resident of Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat area, 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 near the toll plaza on GT Road in the Qadirabad area last month.

Three children in the car survived. Khalil and Nabeela’s minor son sustained a bullet injury while their two other daughters remained unhurt.

The killings laid bare the operational inefficiency of the law enforcers as one of the three surviving children who were witness to the episode denied the official version in a video that went viral on social media.

Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.


USD to PKR: Pakistani rupee remains stable against dollar amid ongoing talks with IMF

KARACHI – Pakistani rupee, which is facing blows in the open market, remained stable against the US dollar, in the inter-bank market on Wednesday.

The local currency moved slightly upward during the opening hours of trading in the inter-bank market. Before noon, PKR was hovering around 285.22, with a slight increase of Rs0.13.

As the situation remained under control in the interbank market, the rupee hits a fresh record low in the open market and was selling at 315 per dollar.

In a recent development, the IMF mission chief shared positive news, confirming that talks are underway with Pakistani authorities. The resumption of the IMF programme remains important for the crisis-hit country.

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – May 31 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 232,300 on Wednesday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs199,160.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Karachi PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Islamabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Peshawar PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Quetta PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sialkot PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Attock PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujranwala PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Jehlum PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Multan PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Bahawalpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujrat PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nawabshah PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Chakwal PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Hyderabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nowshehra PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sargodha PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Faisalabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Mirpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485


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