JIT visits Sahiwal incident’s site; LHC summons IG Punjab

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LAHORE: A five-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) Tuesday recorded statements of the eyewitnesses of Sahiwal shootout on Tuesday and visited the incident site.
The Punjab government had constituted a JIT under the supervision of Additional Inspector General (AIG) Ijaz Hussain Shah to investigate the incident. Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar had said the JIT would submit its preliminary report by Tuesday (today).
According to one eyewitness account, police started firing at the car as a result of which the children’s mother was struck, following which she fell onto the children. The police then removed the children from the car and started firing again.
AIG Shah told media that the report that will be presented today, but it could not be considered a final report. He said that a comprehensive report on a tragedy of this nature cannot be completed in two or three days.
According to the AIG, six personnel of the CTD have been taken into custody and are being questioned. He added that the JIT team had recorded the statements of five eyewitnesses.
Meanwhile, hearing a petition for judicial probe into the incident, the Lahore High Court summoned Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Amjad Javed Saleemi.
Lawyer Mian Asif Mahmood had on Monday petitioned the LHC arguing that the JIT formed by the provincial government would not be able to find out the truth and hold the responsible police personnel accountable for their crime.
LHC Chief Justice Sardar Mohammad Shamim Ahmed commented that only the federal government has the power to form a commission to probe the matter. While accepting the petition for hearing, Justice Khan summoned the IGP Saleemi to court on January 24, ordering him to bring along all of the documents pertaining to the case.

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