Sahiwal Incident: ATC releases all suspects due to lack of evidence
During the case hearing, statements of 49 witnesses were recorded.
- A special anti-terrorism court in the Sahiwal encounter case due to lack of evidence.
- Children of Khalil (victim) were unable to recognize the suspects.
Lack of Evidence
On Thursday, a special anti-terrorism court in the Sahiwal incident acquitted all the suspects due to a lack of evidence. ACT-I Judge Arshad Hussain Bhutta heard the case.
According to the source, Safdar Hussain, Ahsan Khan, Ramzan, Saifullah, Husnain and Nasir were the suspects.
During the case hearing, statements of 49 witnesses were recorded. It includes close relatives of the victims. All the suspects were present in the court at the time of the hearing.
Children of Khalil (victim) were unable to recognize the suspects, whereas suspects were unidentifiable during the program metric tests.
In January 2019, Muhammad Khalil along with his three children and wife was traveling in the car. Zeeshan, a neighbor of Khalil was also in the car. CTD personnel stopped the vehicle and opened fire on the passengers suspecting them to be terrorists. Khalil’s two children Umair and Muneeba had survived the attack.
According to the suspect’s statement, they had the information that Zeeshan had connections with some terrorist organizations. Furthermore, they documented that all the people in the car were killed but it turned out to be false as two children survived the brutal incident and told the story of the incident.
Initially, the hearing of the case was conducted in Sahiwal, which later on shifted to Lahore on the order of Lahore High Court on June 17. LHC made the decision on the request of the victim’s family.
The pleaders contended that it is not convenient for them to attend trial proceedings in Sahiwal. They also mentioned security reasons and appealed the court to shift the trial proceedings from Sahiwal to Lahore.
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