PM takes notice of youth’s killing in Islamabad as students protest

The 21-year-old was killed in the wee hours of the night under strange circumstance by the police  

Prime Minister Imran Khan took notice of the killing of 21-year-old Osama Satti at the hands of police’s counter-terrorism department (CTD) force personnel. Five personnel have been arrested after the incident. The prime minister has asked for a report to be formulated and delivered within the next 24 hours. Islamabad’s Chief Commissioner Amer Ali Ahmed has already constituted a judicial inquiry into the incident. A first Investigative Report (FIR) was also launched by the deceased’s father, alleging that Osama had an altercation with the CTD members a day before the event and was warned of dire consequences.

Protests in the capital

Students protested against the killing of the 21-year-old in front of the National Press Club (NCP), demanding justice.  They also asked for a fair inquiry and punishing those responsible in an exemplary manner. The protestors also threatened to move towards the Parliament if the authorities did not carry out a fair inquiry.

How it unfolded

According to the police, Satti was killed by CTD after they opened fire on his vehicle when he did not stop after being directed to do so. According to officials, the youth did not even slow down his vehicle, and the CTD responded to a possible robbery call. However, it is believed that his vehicle was surrounded, and police may have opened indiscriminate fire. It is alleged that it may have been a targeted killing.

DCO, others meet Osama’s father

DCO Islamabad Hamza Shafqaat met the father of the slain youth. He expressed his condolences and assured the family that a fair investigation would be undertaken into the matter. PTI leader Asad Umar also met the deceased’s family and assured him that justice would be served. Umar said that if the government failed to provide justice, every son of the soil will be in danger. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Syed Zulfiqar Bukhari and Minister of State for Narcotics Control Sheharyar Afridi also met the bereaved family.

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