Encounter method in Sahiwal killing was wrong, admits Punjab govt

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LAHORE: A representative of the Punjab government admitted before a senate standing committee that the encounter method in the Sahiwal killing was wrong.

In his briefing to the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights, Punjab Additional Home Secretary Fazeel Asghar said that the CTD officials should have checked first who was inside the car before opening fire.

“They should have done that despite their reservations of the presence of an alleged presence of a terrorist,” he said.

CTD officials had opened fire on a vehicle on January 19 in Sahiwal. The CTD claimed that they had killed a Daesh local commander who had opened fire on them. Four people–including three members of a family–were killed in the attack.

However, eyewitnesses disputed the claim and said that the people inside the vehicle did not fire at the CTD officials.

“Security forces were alerted to the threat of a major terror bid ahead of the incident, after the vehicle was caught on a camera and reported to the authorities. The encounter was carried out on the basis of the alert,” said Fazeel Asghar.

He said that it was obvious so far that Khalil and his family were innocent. The Senate Committee was informed by the additional secretary that on January 13, for the first time, Zeeshan was spotted in a photo with two other terror suspects, Adeel and Usman, along with a car. The car travelled from Sahiwal to Faisalabad, where the other two suspects were killed in an intelligence-based operation while Zeeshan fled.

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