Committee to investigate Amal’s death will work free of government influence

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The Supreme Court has said that the committee formed to investigate the death of 10-year-old Amal Umer in a police encounter on August 13 will be independent and work free of government influence.

The top court had taken suo motu notice of the case. Amal was killed in the crossfire between police and robbers in Karachi’s Akhtar Colony area.

During a hearing on Thursday, the court was informed that ordered that a committee be formed to investigate the death. It will be headed by Justice (retd) Khilji Arif and will comprise former Sindh IG AD Khowaja as well as two doctors. The court has yet to decide which doctors will be included in it.

Amal’s mother said that the hospital staff didn’t tell them her wounds were critical, instead they said they didn’t have an ambulance. Chief Justice Saqib Nisar said that they will be investigating the negligence of the hospital administration.

“If the child died, why did the hospital administration lie?” asked the chief justice.

The court was presented with some names for the committee and its terms of reference.