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CTD officials involved in Sahiwal encounter arrested

LAHORE: Punjab police has arrested the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) officials involved in the fake encounter in Sahiwal, wherein four of a family member including a woman and girl were killed.

Earlier taking notice of the police encounter in Sahiwal, which appeared to be fake and staged, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar had ordered arrest of CTD officials responsible for the encounter. Immediately after the instructions, police arrested the CTD personnel.

Four persons, including a husband, wife and their teenage daughter, were killed while their minor son received bullet wounds when the vehicle the family was travelling in was fired upon in an alleged encounter by the officials of Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab police on Saturday near Sahiwal.

The encounter, which the CTD officials later termed an ‘intelligence-based operation’ — took place on GT Road near Sahiwal. The CTD claimed that the operation was conducted on the basis of information about the presence of suspected terrorists, provided by the department and an intelligence agency.

According to media reports, the four family members were shot dead in cold blood by police and categorically stated that no weapon was recovered from the vehicle after the alleged shootout.

According to the details provided by police, the CTD Sahiwal officials signalled a car and a motorcycle to stop near Sahiwal Toll Plaza.

Punjab Government spokesman Dr Shahbaz Gill told a private TV channel that the CTD personnel were taken into custody by police on Chief Minister’s orders. He said that a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) comprising all intelligence agencies except police has been formed to probe the encounter.

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