Guilty in Sahiwal incident shall be given exemplary punishment: PM

Guilty in Sahiwal incident shall be given exemplary punishment: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday has said that the Guilty in Sahiwal incident shall be given exemplary punishment.

PM Khan tweeted to assured the nation that guilty will be given exemplary punishment and reforms will be introduced after reviewing the structure of the Punjab police department.

“The grief & anger of the people of Pakistan over Sahiwal incident is understandable and valid. 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,” the tween of the Prime Minister states.

Earlier, Imran Khan has expressed annoyance over verbal mangling of the Sahiwal tragedy by some of his party’s provincial ministers from Punjab before investigation into the incident.

Furthermore, he asserted that police officers should not resort to such measures or actions which were unconstitutional.

Moreover, he vowed to ensure protection of citizens and rule of law in the country, and that the government could not support illegal actions or measures of any of its departments.

He maintained that the federal government would ensure provision of justice in the Sahiwal incident.

Meanwhile, a joint investigation team (JIT) probing the Sahiwal killings on Monday visited the site of the incident and summoned eyewitnesses to record their statements.

JIT members visited the site of the incident and directed eyewitnesses to appear at Police Lines to record their statements. However, the eyewitnesses demanded that their statements be recorded at the site of the incident.

On the refusal of the eyewitnesses to visit Police Lines, the JIT members left the site of the incident.

“The JIT under AIG Aijaz Shah’s supervision is investigating from different angles,” sources said.

“Other than probing officials of the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) who are under custody, the JIT has also obtained information from AIG CTD Rai Tahir. A report submitted to the Punjab government by CTD has also been made part of the investigation,” sources added.

On Saturday, four people – including three members of a family – were killed in an alleged encounter in Sahiwal. CTD personnel said they had killed a local commander of militant organisation Daesh and three others in the operation. Eyewitnesses, however, disputed the claim and said the people in the car did not fire at officials, nor were any explosives recovered from the vehicle.

The dead included a man, his wife and their teenage daughter, as well as the driver of the car who, according to the CTD, was involved in terrorist acts.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Monday stated that the JIT will submit its report Tuesday evening following which the government itself look into the matter.

“I was in Mianwali when I was informed about the Sahiwal incident,” he said. “A high-level JIT is probing the incident and will submit its report by 5pm tomorrow (Tuesday),” he held while speaking to the media outside the Punjab Assembly.

“We have announced to give Rs20 million to the affected family,” the provincial chief minister said while adding that a meeting has been summoned at 5pm tomorrow.

Buzdar further said, “I cannot hang anyone and action will be taken after the inquiry report is submitted.”

“I will take action and show you,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Senate Standing Committee on Interior on Monday demanded a judicial probe into the Sahiwal tragedy in which three family members were shot dead by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD).

Senate Standing Committee on Interior Chairman Senator Rehman Malik presided over the session which demanded formation of a judicial commission on the incident.

The session has also put forth 11 questions for the inspector general of Punjab police and interior secretary.

“Chief Minister Usman Buzdar will be summoned if needed,” said Senator Rehman Malik, the head of the committee.

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