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CTD Killed 4 innocent people including two women in Sahiwal

SAHIWAL: On Saturday (CTD) Counter-Terrorism Department claimed that the local commander of militant organisation, Daesh, and three others, including two women, were killed in an operation near GT Road.CTD Killed four innocent people including two women in Sahiwal

“Four people, including two women and Daesh local commander Zeeshan, have been killed and one child has been injured in the cross-fire,” a CTD spokesperson said. The suspects were kidnappers and three children were recovered, police said.

According to the spokesperson, “A CTD team tried to intercept a car and motorcycle near the toll plaza, however, the people in the car starting firing at them.”

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“The operation was conducted as part of the one in Faisalabad which took place on 16th January,” the spokesperson further said.

The injured child while speaking to Media said, “My parents, sister and father’s friend are among those killed in the incident.”

Eyewitnesses conflicted the CTD’s statements and said the people in the car did not fire at officials. “There were no weapons found with the bodies,” they said.

Photo of two girls who were travelling with parents

The eyewitnesses further said that the children while speaking to them at a nearby petrol station claimed that the “police has killed their parents”. “Following the firing incident, the police left the children at the petrol station where they spoke to us. A few minutes later, however, CTD officials returned and took the children with them to an undisclosed location,” the eyewitnesses added.

“The car was coming from Lahore and the women killed were 40 and 13 years respectively,” they further said.

Following the incident, Punjab Police spokesperson Nabila Ghazanfar said, “If those killed were innocent citizens, then action will be taken against those who fired at them.”

“IG Punjab has sought a report from the regional police officer regarding the incident,” the spokesperson added.

Meanwhile, Provincial Minister for Information and Culture Fayyazul Hassan Chohan said, “Within one hour, there will be clarity regarding the incident.”

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The Injured child Muhammad Umair Khalil who was in the vehicle at the time of the incident spoke to media. Umair said that he was travelling to Burewala for his uncle wedding with his father (Khaleel), mother (Nabeela), elder sister (Areeba), father’s friend (Zeeshan) and two younger sisters.

“When we were stopped my father begged to take the money and forgive us, but they opened fire.”

The child said his father, mother, elder sister and father’s friend were killed in the firing and kept back in the vehicle.  “The police left us [Umair,and his 2 younger sisters] at a petrol pump and we were later taken to hospital,” Umair added.

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Jaleel the brother of Khaleel told reporters the family was travelling for the wedding in three car of convoy. “1122 informed us that the children were at the Civil Hospital, but they were unaware of where the dead bodies were.”

Eyewitnesses conflicted CTD’s statements and said the people in the car did not fire at officials. “There were no weapons found with the bodies,” they said.

The eyewitnesses further said that the children while speaking to them at a nearby petrol station claimed that the “police has killed their parents”.

“Following the firing incident, the police left the children at the petrol station where they spoke to us,” they added.

A few minutes later, however, CTD officials returned and took the children with them to an undisclosed location,” the eyewitnesses added.

“The car was coming from Lahore and the women killed were 40 and 13 years respectively,” they further said.

Following the incident, Punjab Police spokesperson Nabila Ghazanfar said, “If those killed were innocent citizens, then action will be taken against those who fired at them.”

“IG Punjab has sought a report from the regional police officer regarding the incident,” the spokesperson added.

PM Imran Khan takes notice of the incident

Prime Minister Imran Khan has taken notice of the incident and has summoned a report.

Federal Information Minister said according to police, terrorists were using women and children as shield.

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