Pakistan arrests its own counter-terrorism officials

Published By ITCT News Desk On : January 21, 2019
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Relatives and local residents block a main road to protest the killing of a family by counter-terrorism officials in Lahore, Pakistan, Jan. 20, 2019.

Pakistan: On Sunday Associated Press Pakistan (APP) reported that Pakistani authorities have arrested more than a dozen counter-terrorism officials.

The arrests came a day after Pakistani counter-terrorism officials were accused of shooting a middle-aged couple, their teenage daughter and a family friend, in what counter-terrorism officials at the time described as a shootout with Islamic State militants.

Relatives and witnesses say the victims were shot in cold blood.

According to Dawn, a Pakistani newspaper, relatives of the family are holding a sit-in protest in Sahiwal against the killings and have not allowed officials to remove the bodies.

Pakistani television aired footage of the family’s son, according to Dawn, saying his family was traveling to a wedding when police began shooting at them. He said there were no weapons in the car.

Dawn reports witnesses confirmed no weapons were fired from the car.

Two young daughters of the family also survived.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Twitter: “While the CTD has done a great job in fight against terrorism, everyone must be accountable before the law.”

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