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June 18, 2019

Shifting of Sahiwal killings case to Lahore ATC allowed

Lahore

June 18, 2019

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court Chief Justice Sardar Muhammad Shamim Khan on Monday allowed shifting of Sahiwal killings trial proceedings to an anti-terrorism court of Lahore.

The chief justice passed this order allowing a petition moved by Muhammad Jalil, brother of Khalil who was gunned down along with his wife and a teenage daughter in an ‘encounter’ carried out by personnel of Counter Terrorism Department (CTD).

The petitioner through his counsel contended that he and other heirs of the encounter victims had been facing problems while attending trial proceedings in Sahiwal. He also cited security reasons and asked the court to shift the trial proceedings from Sahiwal to Lahore. During the hearing, the prosecution and lawyers of the police personnel facing the trial told the chief justice that they would have no objection if the trial proceedings were transferred from Sahiwal to Lahore. Chief Justice Khan admitted the petition and allowed shifting of the trial to an anti-terrorism court of Lahore. The alleged encounter held on January 19 last had claimed four lives. The fourth victim namely Zeeshan was behind the steering wheel. The CTD claimed that Zeeshan had relations with Islamic State or Daesh.

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