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5 policemen arrested for killing Islamabad unarmed youth

Five members of Islamabad Police’s anti-terror squad were arrested on Saturday after a young man was allegedly shot dead by them while travelling in his vehicle.

According to police, 21-year-old Usama Nadeem was shot on Islamabad’s Srinagar Highway on Friday night reportedly after he ignored police warnings to stop.

An Islamabad Police spokesperson said the police were acting on a tip-off about a robbery attempt in Shams Colony. When the anti-terror squad reached the locality, they spotted a “suspicious vehicle” with tinted windows and asked it to pull over. When the driver failed to comply, the police chased the vehicle and shot at its tires.

“Unfortunately, two bullets hit the driver,” the spokesperson added.

The man’s body was then taken to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences for a post-mortem. Waqas Khawaja, a PIMS spokesperson, said the autopsy revealed the young man was shot six times — in the chest, back, and head.

Khawaja added that the shots were fired from in front of the man.

In a statement on Twitter, Islamabad Police termed the episode a “case of firing on suspicious vehicle in Sector G-10”. However, it added that the Islamabad IG had taken notice of the incident and formed an investigation committee to probe further. “The officials involved in the incident have been arrested. Action will be taken according to law,” it said

Osama had gone out to drop a friend at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) around 2am on the night between Jan 1 and Jan 2, according to his father, who alleged that the five policemen had followed his son before attacking.

“They forced his car to stop and then in a display of terrorism and barbarity they fired 17 bullets at the car from all four sides,” Satti said in the FIR.

The FIR, which was registered under section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, and sections 302 (premeditated murder), 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapon) and 149 (common intention/object) of the Pakistan Penal Code, identified the shooters as Mudassar Iqbal, Shakeel Ahmed, Muhammad Mustafa, Saeed Ahmed and Iftikhar Ahmed.

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