Islamabad: Pakistani citizens are demanding the resignation of Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid over the shooting death of 22-years-old student Osama Nadeem Satti, a resident of Islamabad, by Anti-Terrorism Force personnel in Islamabad.
Social media is expressing outrage over the death of Osama Satti, who was shot dead by police. According to many, the police take advantage of their power to kill civilians who have a duty to protect them. Haroon Janjua, DW’s correspondent in Islamabad, said: “According to human rights activists, Pakistan lacks laws that can prevent police violence. Under the Police Order 2002, police officers who resort to violence can be punished, but most police officers consider themselves above the law”.
Reema Omar, a legal adviser to the International Commission of Jurists and a Pakistani lawyer, wrote in her tweet: “We will not misuse weapons. And in doing so, criminal action could be taken against them. “
According to the latest reports, the Chief Commissioner of Islamabad Amir Ahmad Ali has ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident. Five policemen allegedly involved in the incident were arrested. According to Pakistani media reports, Osama Satti’s father has lodged an FIR against five policemen, stating that his son was killed when was on his way after dropping his friend to NIST University,
On his return, police chased his car and opened fire after hitting the car, resulting in murder of his son. The father of the killed Osama also said that his son had complained to him the day before that he had spoken harshly to the police and threatened to take revenge.
According to police, anti-terrorism force personnel received a report of a robbery. They found Osama’s car suspicious and opened fire when he did not stop.
In January 2019, police shot and killed a family in the Pakistani city of Sahiwal on suspicion of terrorism. Following the incident, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan promised police reform to reduce extrajudicial killings and violence by police.