ISLAMABAD, Jan 31 (APP):Chairman Standing Committee on Interior Senator Abdul Rehman Malik Thursday presented an interim report in the Senate, recommending steps to avert recurrence of incidents like Sahiwal tragedy and proposed a welfare plan for the children of the victim family.
The report has been compiled by the Senate committee about killing of four people
by a team of Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) officials near Sahiwal on January 19.
Presenting the report, Senator Abdul Rehman Malik said the committee had
decided that it would not accept report of Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) as
its officials were implicated in the case.
He said the victim family was called to give its viewpoint before the committee.
He said the committee still had the question as to how Zeeshan was made
suspect. “The committee has asked the Punjab government to explain how Zeeshan
was declared suspect. We are not satisfied with the evidence against Zeeshan and
we still need concrete proof”, he added.
He said “Our investigation is complete and it is recommended that guardian court
decide a lump sump amount for taking care of the children”.
He said the committee had taken up the issue of Rao Anwar, Tahir Dawar and
Zainab as well.
Senator Azam Swati appreciated the effort made by the committee while Senator
Atiq Sheikh who was member of the committee, said in the past, police was used for
He said it was written in the report that all those who misused their powers, should
be made accountable.
It was unfortunate that in the Sahiwal tragedy, the case was registered against
those who were murdered and were victims in the incident, he said adding names of
other institutions were mentioned by CTD to save its skin.
Senator Muhammad Ali Saif said killing of Zeeshan was not justified and he should
have been brought to court if he had done anything wrong.
Senator Sarfraz Bugti said entire CTD should not be held responsible as it was
always in the forefront in the anti-terrorist operations in different parts of the country.
He said the whole House should be given an in-camera briefing to sort out the
facts of the case.
Senator Usman Kakar was of the view that the two committees of human rights and
interior, should jointly investigate the matter, instead of looking into the issue separately.