Pakistani PM 'shocked' by extrajudicial killing of fourParents shot dead in front of their children by counter-terrorism force in Punjab
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan says everyone must be accountable before the law. (Photo by Adem Altan/AFP)
Khan added: "While the CTD has done a great job in fight against terrorism, everyone must be accountable before the law. As soon as JIT report comes, swift action will be taken. The govt's priority is protection of all its citizens." Separately, opposition leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari "vehemently condemned the killings of innocent citizens at the hands of Punjab police in Sahiwal" and blamed the government led by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). He added: "The killings of the citizens are vivid proof that the government of PTI has made Punjab a police state. The killings are a message to the people of the country that they should not go out with their children. "The killings of parents in front of their children has exposed all the tall claims of good governance of the ruling PTI." Father Almas Silas of Sacred Heart Church in Sahiwal spent the weekend listening to the concerns of his parishioners following the tragedy. "We condemn it in the strongest terms. If the victims were criminals, they should have been arrested. The law enforcement agencies should have taken the legal course of action. Killing parents in front of their children is the most heinous act imaginable. What police did was absolutely wrong. This is blatant state terrorism," he said. The Dominican priest has run a security team of 13 youngsters to protect the church during Masses for the last six years.
Still shocked at seeing the traumatized children who saw their parents shot before their eyes. Any parent would be shocked as they would think of their own children in such a traumatic situation. These children will now be fully looked after by the state as its responsibility.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 20, 2019
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