Sahiwal ‘encounter’ case: Government to challenge ATC verdict acquitting suspects

Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the Punjab government to submit an appeal against the verdict handed down by a special anti-terrorism court (ATC) acquitting all suspects in the Sahiwal encounter case, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said on Friday.

 

In a post shared on Twitter, Dr Awan said the premier had also instructed the authorities to investigate weaknesses and shortfalls in the case presented by the complainant pleading the case.

Later in the day, Punjab Law Minister Basharat Raja announced that the prosecutor general had been notified of the government's decision to become a complainant in the case.

He further said that a "fact finding commission" had been formed to ascertain the lapses in the case's prosecution and investigation which led to the suspects' acquittal.

The law minister also raised concerns over the family's "acceptance" of the court's verdict. He said that "even if the family is satisfied, the government is not".

 

 

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