Opposition senators reject JIT for probe into Sahiwal incident

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Sherry Rehman

ISLAMABAD: The Sahiwal tragic incident Monday echoed in the upper house of the parliament as the opposition rejected formation of the JIT for investigation into the killing of innocent people by CTD in an encounter.
Speaking at the Senate session, which was chaired by chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, opposition leader Raja Zafarul Haq said that the opposition rejected the JIT for investigation into the tragic incident. He regretted that two FIRs have been registered. He asked that why FIR was registered against unknown personnel. He said that the senate should be informed that who had ordered the CTD personnel to kill the innocent people. He said that one person was not involved in the incident, but a department.
PPP parliamentary leader Sherry Rehman also condemned the extra-judicial killing and demanded end to culture of extra-judicial killing. She also rejected the formation of the JIT, terming it a bid to cover up the incident. She regretted that the Punjab government had declared the victims as terrorists. She demanded that Senate standing committee on interior affairs should investigate the incident and present report in the house.
JI’s chief Sirajul Haq also condemned the incident said that the biggest culprit would be that person who had provided wrong information to the CTD. He demanded investigation into all encounters carried out by Punjab CTD.
PTI’s senator Faisal Javed said that the tragic incident should not be politicized. He said that the prime minister had promised exemplary punishment for the culprits and stern action would be taken.
Abdul Ghafoor Haideri said a thorough probe is needed into the incident and putting it under the carpet will set a wrong precedent. He said the chair should issue a strict ruling to take the responsible of Sahiwal incident to the task.
Usman Khan Kakar said Punjab government claimed that Counter Terrorism Department took action on the basis of intelligence reports that some terrorists were traveling in the vehicle intercepted near Sahiwal. He said strict action should be taken against those, who provided wrong intelligence. He said those, who are responsible for this incident should be punished within one month after completing detailed probe.
Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini said no politics should be made over this matter and everyone should join forces for a true probe into this incident. He said killings in Balochistan have become a routine and no one seems ready to take care of this. He demanded to form a parliamentary commission comprising opposition and the treasury benches to probe the Sahiwal incident.
Earlier, the Senate session started at the Parliament House in Islamabad this afternoon with Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani in the chair.
At the beginning, newly elected senator from Balochistan Manzoor Ahmed Khan Kakar took oath of his office.
The House also offered fateha for the departed souls of former parliamentarians Syed Ali Raza Abidi and Malik Hakimeen Khan.
The Senate unanimously passed a condolence resolution paying rich tribute to Malik Hakimeen Khan.

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