Sahiwal incident: 'Exemplary punishment' to be given to those found guilty, PM assures nation

Sahiwal incident: 'Exemplary punishment' to be given to those found guilty, PM assures nation

Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday assured the nation that "exemplary punishment" will be given to those found guilty in the Sahiwal ‘encounter’.


"The grief & anger of the ppl of Pak on Sahiwal incident is understandable & justified. 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, " PM Imran said in a tweet before leaving for Doha on a two-day official trip.

On Sunday, PM Imran promised that "swift action" would be taken against those found responsible for the Sahiwal ‘incident’.

Imran Khan said he is still shocked at seeing the traumatised children who saw their parents shot before their eyes. He said these children will now be fully looked after by the state as its responsibility.

“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,” PM said in a tweet.

On Saturday, the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) killed four people, including parents and their teenage daughter near Qadirabad.

Khalil, a resident of Kot Lakhpat, Lahore, his wife Nabeela, their 13-year-old daughter, and their neighbour, Zeeshan, were on their way to a wedding in Burewala when they were killed in firing on their car near the toll plaza on GT Road in the Qadirabad area.

Three children in the car survived. Khalil and Nabeela's minor son sustained a bullet injury while their two other daughters remained unhurt.

According to an initial medical examination, Khalil sustained 13 bullet wounds in his chest and head, his wife Nabeela sustained four, Zeeshan was found to have 10 bullet injuries; and Areeba, six bullets.

CTD officials said those killed in the shooting were terrorists belonging to a proscribed militant organisation, Daesh. The CTD spokesperson identified one of them, Zeeshan, as an active member of the banned outfit, explaining that the terrorists used to travel with families to avoid police checking.