SUNDAY TIMES WEB DESK: Syed Shahbaz Bukhari, in a press talk, said he had recorded threatening calls from the CTD and provided its data and record to the joint investigation team.

Bukhari was hired by Muhammad Jalil, brother of Khalil who was killed by the CTD along with her wife and daughter in the encounter on Jan 19.

He claimed that the CTD was trying to protect its personnel, guilty of killing innocent family, from prosecution. The lawyer urged Prime Minister Imran Khan to take notice of the misuse of authority by the CTD.

Four people, including two women, were killed in a shady encounter involving the Punjab police’s Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) on a highway in the Qadirabad area of Sahiwal district on Jan 19.

The Sahiwal incident sent shock waves across the country after one of the surviving children who witnessed the episode refuted the version of the CTD.

The CTD had identified one of the deceased as Zeeshan. The department says he was wanted in several cases of crime, including the kidnapping of Ali Haider Gilani, the son of former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani, and several American citizens. It also says he was the deputy chief of a banned outfit.

The CTD insists that Zeeshan, who was among the deceased, was an associate of a banned terror organization who would provide shelter to terrorists. He said a group of terrorists had planned an attack at some places and Zeeshan was travelling to provide them explosives