Pakistan

SAHIWAL – A case against 16 personnel of Punjab’s Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) involved in the killing of four people in an alleged encounter registered on Sunday (today).

They were taken into custody last night and a case has been registered under articles of murder and terrorism. The FIR 33/19 was lodged by the brother of deceased Mohammad Khalil.

The FIR was lodged under section 302 (premeditated murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code along with section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.

After the case announcement, the victim family left for Lahore along with the bodies. Traffic was also restored following the development in Lahore.

Earlier, Jalil, brother of deceased Khalil, said that the victims’ bodies will not be buried until justice is served.

The victims’ family members along with other protesters placed the bodies on Grand Trunk (GT) Road and staged a sit-in against the CTD personnel.

On Saturday’s noon, four people, including two women, were killed in the fake encounter involving Punjab’s counterterrorism police on a highway in the Qadirabad area of Sahiwal district.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the three children injured in the Sahiwal tragedy “will now be fully looked after by the state as its responsibility”.

The premier took to Twitter saying that he was “still shocked at seeing the traumatised children who saw their parents shot before their eyes,” adding that any parent would be shocked as they would think of their own children in such a traumatic situation.

Earlier today, a new video has surfaced highlighting the brutality of the police department.