A special anti-terrorism court in Lahore on Thursday acquitted all suspects including six officials of the Punjab Police’s Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) who were accused in the brutal murder of four people, including a woman and a minor, giving them the benefit of doubt.
ATC-I Judge Arshad Hussain Bhutta heard the case.
In the case, the court had recorded the statements of 49 witnesses including one of the victims’ Zeeshan’s brother as well as the statements of another victim, Mohammad Khalil’s children and brother, Jalil.
During the proceedings, the suspects appeared before the court.
In January this year, Mohammad Khalil, his wife and their three children were travelling in a car, with their neighbour Zeeshan, when Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) personnel stopped the vehicle and opened fire on the passengers suspecting them to be terrorists. Khalil’s two children Umair and Muneeba had survived the attack.
The officials claimed that they had information that Zeeshan had links with a terrorist outfit.