ISLAMABAD: The opposition in Senate on Monday have rejected the government formed Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on the Sahiwal incident and demanded immediate inquiry against personnel involved in killings of innocent citizens.
Despite the opposition of treasury benches, the Senate held a normal discussion on the Sahiwal incident setting aside today’s agenda.
When the session started in the chair of Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani, the opposition leader Raja Zafar Ul Haq demanded to discuss the Sahiwal incident instead of today’s agenda and the entire opposition parties including Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) supported him.
The leader of the house, Shibli Faraz objecting the opposition leader demand said that tragedies occurred on a daily basis while the session got involved in the discussion instead of lawmaking.
Despite the leader of the house opposition, the chairman senate allowed discussion on the Sahiwal incident and said that whole of house demanded discussion on the incident which could not be neglected.
The opposition leader Raja Zafar Ul Haq rejected the government formed JIT over the incident and said that formation of JIT has become a trend.
The PPP senator Sherry Rehman taking part in the discussion said that no pattern exists to form JIT on broad daylight murder while there is a need to end to extrajudicial killings.
She said that one after another FIRs have been registered and one after another JITs have been formed.
Senator Siraj Ul Haq said that the government lied over the Sahiwal incident and changed its stance over seven times. He added that the government has admitted crime as it announced 20 million rupees compensation for the victims.
Senator Usman Kakar said that first of all punishment should be awarded those who informed that the family was terrorist, adding that if Rao Anwar would have been punished over the Naqeeb encounter such incident would not happen.
Molana Abdul Ghafoor Hyderi rejected the JIT formed by the government and demanded the arrest of the murderers and due punishment over the incident.