Tuesday , March 31 2020

Sahiwal incident: Zeeshan ‘a facilitator of Daesh’, Punjab Assembly

Lahore: Punjab government presented proofs on Thursday and made affiliation of Zeeshan, one of the persons killed in Sahiwal shootout, with Daesh, before the provincial lawmakers during an in-camera briefing.

Additional Chief Secretary Punjab Fazeel Asghar told the lawmakers said that Zeeshan Javed was a facilitator of Abdul Rehman group of Daesh.

Fazeel Asghar further said that Sahiwal encounter was a continuation of Operation Zulfiqar – an ongoing effort to up root the terrorist network from Punjab.

He additionally informed lawmakers that other members of Abdul Rehman group included Abdul Hafeez, who was the Naib Ameer (Deputy Leader), Usman Haroon, Kashif Chotu, Rizwan Akram and others.

He said in front of the lawmakers that Zeeshan had a contact with the terrorists and showed evidences,  and was also involved in the kidnapping of retired Brigadier Tahir Masood and Ali Hyder Gilani, son of erstwhile Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani.

Punjab Excise and Taxation Department was also reached to retrieve the information about the vehicle used by the victims of Sahiwal incident. The probing team investigated and inquired about the vehicle as well.

Looking into the transfer history of the vehicle  it has a number LEA-6683, initially it was on the name a woman, resident of Lahore in March 2012. Later the car was transferred to Shoukat Ali resident of Okara in July 2017. In July 2017 the Azeem Liaquat had brought the car.  After Azeem Liaquat, the car was not transferred to any anyone else tells the Punjab Excise and Taxation Department .

Intelligence tells that a terrorist Adeel Hafiz had bought the car from Saqib Majeed in May 2018. However, Zeeshan was driving the car when the incident occurred in Sahiwal.

It should be noted that the JIT in its early report had declared character of Zeeshan ‘suspicious’, while Khalil and his family members were declared innocent on January 22.

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