PM Imran assures exemplary punishment for guilty in Sahiwal shooting

04:13 PM | 21 Jan, 2019
PM Imran assures exemplary punishment for guilty in Sahiwal shooting
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ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan Monday assured the nation that after his return from Qatar, he would ensure exemplary punishment for the guilty in Sahiwal shooting incident.

On his twitter account, the Prime Minister vowed to review and initiate reform process over the entire structure of Punjab police.

“The grief & anger of the ppl (people) of Pak (Pakistan) on Sahiwal incident is understandable & justified. I assure the nation that when I return from Qatar, not only will the guilty be given exemplary punishment, but I will review the entire structure of Punjab police & start process of reforming it,” he added.

In an earlier series of tweets, PM Imran had said the surviving children would be looked after by the state. He vowed swift action against the officials involved once the JIT report is compiled.

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Four people including three members of a family were killed in an alleged encounter in Sahiwal on Saturday. CTD personnel said they had killed a local commander of militant organisation Daesh and three others in the operation. However, eyewitnesses and three children, whose parents were killed, disputed the claim.

The killings were witnessed by surviving members of the family: three minors.

The initial post-mortem report revealed driver Zeeshan sustained 10 bullets, the parents Mohmmad Khalil and Nabeela Bibi received 13 and four bullets while Areeba sustained six. From the survivors, Umair sustained one bullet in his right leg while Muneeba’s hand was injured when the bullets shattered the car’s glass.

The Punjab government termed the deaths as “collateral damage”. Provincial Law Minister Raja Basharat said the tragedy occurred during the CTD team’s attempt to eliminate a suspected terrorist planning a terrorist act.

Rejecting CTD report on the Sahiwal tragedy, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar sought a detailed report from IGP Punjab.