PM ‘shocked’ at Sahiwal incident, promises swift action

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Sunday he is still in a state of shock at seeing the traumatised children who saw their parents shot before their eyes in what law enforces described as an encounter with terrorists.

“Still shocked at seeing the traumatized children who saw their parents shot before their eyes. Any parent would be shocked as they would think of their own children in such a traumatic situation. These children will now be fully looked after by the state as its responsibility,” he said in a tweet.

Four people, including two women, were killed in a shady encounter involving the Punjab police’s counter-terrorism department (CTD) on a highway in the Qadirabad area of Sahiwal district on Saturday noon.

“While the CTD has done a great job in fight against terrorism, everyone must be accountable before the law,” the prime minister said, vowed that as soon as a JIT report came, swift action would be taken against those responsible. “The govt’s priority is protection of all its citizens.”

The Sahiwal incident sent shock waves across the country after one of the surviving children who witnessed the episode refuted the version of the CTD.

The child, Muneeba, who was present in the car at the time of the incident said the people killed were her parents.

He added that the alleged encounter has turned into a suspicious incident and the Sahiwal police is denying to comment on it. “This is a CTD operation and they can relay accurate details,” said the regional police officer.

Sources familiar with the incident said the Sahiwal police mistook the family travelling to Lahore as kidnappers.

Another child, Omair Khalil, in his initial statement said his father offered money to the people in return for not shooting at their car. “They killed my father and took the children away.”

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