Police ‘brutality’ in Sahiwal triggers outcry on social media

Published: January 19, 2019
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After four people were killed in a shady ‘police encounter’ in Punjab’s Sahiwal, Twitter users were quick to weigh-in on the alleged police brutality.

The victims which included two women were killed by Punjab’s counter-terrorism police on a highway in Qadirabad.

The police first identified the victims as “kidnappers” and then as “terrorists from a proscribed group” raising doubts about the “encounter”.

Man, wife, teenage daughter killed in shady police encounter in Sahiwal

The victim’s children, however, contradicted the statement, saying the fatalities included their parents, elder sister and driver and that they were travelling from Lahore to Boriwala to attend a wedding.

Rights activist Jibran Nasir criticised the police, and said that instead of coming to their defence, the government must act responsibly and conduct a transparent probe into the matter.

He said the incident proved that police reforms were needed throughout the country.

Senior journalist Hamid Mir also slammed the police over the incident, saying that “after watching the video of the victims children it has become clear that the incident had nothing to do with terrorism”.

He claimed that the CTD version of events of the those killed having links to terrorism turned out to be “lies”.

While some users called the act “shameful”, others questioned Usman Buzdar’s position as the Punjab CM.

Other journalists and politicians also took to the micro-blogging site to express their outrage.

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