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Pakistan: Police terrorism victims of ‘Sahiwal Massacre’ are begging for Justice

(By special correspondent, Lahore) :-

The victims of police terrorism in Sahiwal are begging for justice in front of the Punjab provincial assembly. It is not a rocket science to find the real killers in police as everything is logged and on record. But police in Pakistan is much more dangerous than any terrorist organisation in the world. Take for example, Rao Anwar, SSP, Sind Police, who has killed over 450 innocent civilians for now as no court found them guilty and Punjab police inspector Abid Boxer who confessed to have killed hundreds in fake police encounters. It is police corruption and incompetence which is a real reason 6000 military soldiers and 70,000 civilians killed because police has ceased to be the ‘eyes and ears’ of the state.

The Sahiwal incident’s joint investigation team (JIT) report has been challenged in the Supreme Court by victim Khalil’s brother Jalil. The petitioner took the stance that the JIT report has distorted facts as the investigations are contrary to the truth. The JIT ignored eyewitnesses, videos and other evidences, it has been alleged.

The petition further stated that the weapons used in the shooting were not confiscated along with shells. The plaintiff has requested the apex court to form a judicial commission for the investigation of the incident.

It is worth mentioning here that four people including a woman and a 13-year-old girl were earlier shot dead by the CTD officers in a purportedly high-speed pursuit in Qadirabad area of Sahiwal city.

Earlier Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the Punjab chief minister to set up a judicial commission to investigate the Sahiwal incident upon the request of the victims’ family.

In the incident, four people were shot dead by the counter-terrorism department in January on the pretext of their involvement in terrorism. However, it turned out to be a fake encounter.

Earlier, the prime minister met with the family of the three victims and expressed his grief over the incident. He also distributed compensatory cheques to the family members of the three victims, while acknowledging that no amount of money can compensate the loss of lives. The prime minister also distributed financial support checks to the families.

According to sources, the family repeated their long-standing demand for the setting up of a judicial commission during the meeting, upon which the prime minister issued the instructions to the chief minister. “If the heirs get satisfaction from formation of the judicial commission, then the government must go ahead,” said the premier reportedly.

The prime minister was also requested to transfer the case from Sahiwal to Lahore and the withdrawal of first information report (FIR) registered by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) against the family.

On January 19 this year, a squad comprising of officers of the counter-terrorism department in Sahiwal that led to the deaths of Muhammad Khalil, his wife and teenage daughter.

A fourth person, Zeeshan, who was also killed in the incident was suspected to have ties with terrorists. His family was not called for the meeting with the prime minister.

For now I would suggest to focus on the police atrocities in Pakistan, but keep raising voice for the Kashmirs.

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