By M Ilyas Khan
BBC News, Islamabad
23 January 2019
Hours after he lost his parents and a sibling in a bloody shooting on Saturday, a nine-year-old Pakistani boy exposed a blatant cover-up by police.
Highly-trained counter terror forces had claimed to have killed four “terrorists” linked to the Islamic State group in an “intelligence-based operation” south-west of Lahore, after they opened fire at officers.
Three other “terrorists”, the police said, had escaped from the scene, on the outskirts of Sahiwal city, on a motorbike.
But then Umair Khalil began talking to reporters in hospital – and the story he told was very different.
He said his family had been travelling from Lahore to a family member’s wedding in a car driven by his father’s friend when they were stopped by police at a toll booth.
“My father told them to take our money and not to shoot their guns. But they started firing,” Umair said in the video.
His parents – who ran a grocery shop – were killed, alongside his 12-year-old sister, and the family friend who was driving.