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JIT visits site of incident, summons eyewitnesses in Sahiwal killings.

SAHIWAL -- 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.

Earlier during the day, Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari took to Twitter and said, 'From Rao Anwar to the Sahiwal incident - as part of the government it is our duty to end decades of tolerance for killings through 'encounters'. What was tolerated, even encouraged by prev governments/state must end now as we strengthen rule of law and and accountability for all.'

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Jan 22, 2019
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