Sahiwal Shooting: Pakistani boy exposed the truth behind police encounters

January 23, 2019 | Brainwave Science


At first, Pakistan Police described the weekend shooting in central Pakistan as a successful operation against ISIS terrorists. Pakistan Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) officials claimed to have killed four “terrorists” linked to the Islamic State group in an “intelligence-based operation” in Lahore, after terrorists opened fire at the officers. However, the victim’s 9-year-old child, Umair Khalil, who was present at the incident and suffered a bullet injury during the operation, revealed a contradicting story that his family members were innocent and shot dead in “cold blood by police.”

According to Umair’s testimonies, his family had been traveling from Lahore to a family member’s wedding in a car driven by his father’s friend when they were stopped by police personnel, but the police opened fire, killing his father, Muhammad Khalil, a grocery store owner; his mother, Nabila; 12-year-old sister Areeba; and a family friend, Zeeshan Javed.

As news spread and cellphone footage of the aftermath went viral on social media networks, public outrage grew around the country. Several eyewitnesses came forward and declared that the traveling family did not open fire on the police and no weapons were recovered from their vehicle.

According to CTD statement, the operation was conducted on information about the presence of suspected terrorists, provided by the department and an intelligence agency. Authorities said, Javed Zeeshan was an Islamic State operative who had been under surveillance and was carrying weapons and using his friend ‘s family as a shield during the incident. The family’s death was the “collateral damage”.

Senior journalist Hamid Mir slammed the police over the incident, saying that “after watching the video of the victim’s children, it has become clear that the incident had nothing to do with terrorism. The CTD version of events turned out be “lies”.

Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, said the widespread anger at alleged police brutality and impunity was justified and those responsible would face “exemplary punishment”.


Incidents of police abuse and extrajudicial killing are not unusual in Pakistan, and these offenders often escape accountability due to lack of evidence. The Punjab Police are especially notorious for abuse and corruption.

Pakistan’s governments have for decades failed to reform an under-resourced and under-equipped police force or hold abusive police to account. This incident is the latest in a long series of episodes of alleged police brutality in Pakistan which Prime Minister Imran Khan promised to clean up during the election campaign. Sahiwal

According to Human Right Watch, several Pakistani police officers openly admitted to the practice of false or faked “encounter killings,” due to intense pressure from a higher command or local elites. Police are rarely held accountable for these killings and families of victims are deterred from filing complaints against police out of fear of harassment or being falsely accused in retaliatory trumped-up cases. Sahiwal

This event raises a significant question that given the fact of terrorism has spread like a plague around the globe and counter-terrorism agencies, have nations been too lenient delivering law enforcement authorities the permission and the rights to detain any suspect and interrogate him/her or even retaliate without validating the intelligence? Thousands of Umair Khalil have witnessed the horrific incident of police brutality, especially in Pakistan. In this case, as mentioned by CTD personnel, death of innocents is simply “collateral damage.” This specific thought-process of law enforcement personnel leads to police brutality. Now the question is would we sacrifice innocents to kill so-called terrorists? How can humanity justify such brutal killings of innocents in the name of averting terrorism? Is there really no way to deal with critical situations like these in this day and age? Sahiwal

Pakistan has long been accused by its neighboring countries like India, Afghanistan even by the United States for providing safe heaven to Middle East terror groups. President Donald Trump called out Pakistan for “lies & deceit” and said Pakistan provides safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan. On the separate side, India has recently accused Pakistan terrorists for using women as honey-trap to lure youth from Kashmir, India to Terrorism. It may be time for Pakistan to stop indulging in promoting terrorism and understand the rise of domestic terrorism including police brutality within the nation. Sahiwal


Umair Khalil’s case demonstrates precisely why counter-terrorism agencies in Pakistan should seek advanced neuroscience-based forensic technology that can verify the tip/intelligence, identify terrorist from innocent within an hour by tapping inside the human brain and provide a better tool for law enforcement personnel to fight this ‘need-to-win’ war against terrorism without suffering minted on innocents. Sahiwal

Brainwave Science has developed and designed an advanced forensic technology called iCognative that can specifically address this problem of counter-terrorism and police brutality. This technology will not only help the counter-terrorism personnel to bring down extremists but also support the person to identify the innocents who could be present at a wrong place or wrong time. iCognative is the only available neuroscience-based forensic technology in the security market that could accurately play both the roles of identifying the terrorist and protecting the innocent with over 99% accuracy.

iCognative guarantees a high success rate and results in such decisive cases. This technology provides the scientific and legal way for law enforcement personnel to tap inside the human brain and reveal what specific crime-related information he or she possesses with over 99% accuracy. iCognative is a one-of-a-kind technology that is based on the scientifically proven and approved P300 and P300-MERMER brain responses, which only activates when a suspect (terrorist or crooked counter-terrorism personnel) sees an information that his brain already possesses using a non-invasive proprietary headset to record brainwaves.  iCognative assures the authorities that in order to eliminate terrorist and maintain peace, no innocent would ever be punished due to limited availability of evidence. Sahiwal

In this case, a 45-minutes iCognative test when utilized by Pakistan Intelligence and counter-terrorism unit would verify the intelligence before any investigation and provide an accurate connection of a suspect such as Zeeshan Javed with Islamic State. iCognative could have protected innocent victims like Umair Khalil’s family and also support law enforcement personnel to investigate this police brutality case in the right direction. The same iCognative test can be conducted on arrested counter-terrorism personnel to determine the truth behind this case and what specific information related to the “intelligence-based operation” they possess or trying to conceal from the investigator. Information such as source of the intelligence, how they identified the alleged terrorist, were they aware of the children, did traveling family had weapons and explosives, did the alleged terrorists shot first, identification of accomplices, details of exact plan, any knowledge of previous police brutality, etc., would be easily available to the counter-terrorism personnel to investigate this case once the test is completed. All the investigative details related to this case are uploaded into the iCognative system test protocol. The system records and analyzes the brain responses when case related known and confidential information (called Stimuli) is flashed to the arrested counter-terrorism personnel on a digital screen in the forms of phrases, words or pictures. With over 99% accuracy, iCognative technology reveals whether potential suspect possessed specific crime-related information or not. Sahiwal

Brainwave Science’s iCognative is the only technology that can make sure no child ever sees such a horrific incident in the name of counter-terrorism. iCognative should be used as a primary investigative and intelligence gathering tool in counter-terrorism agencies to ensure that no innocent would ever be harmed.

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