Rao Anwar sacked after police committee finds Naqeeb innocent

Elias Hubbard
January 21, 2018

The officer (Rao Anwar) claimed on January 13 he killed four operatives of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in an encounter near Shah Latif Town in Karachi.

The inquiry committee had recommended removing Rao Anwar after no evidence pertaining to Naqeeb's involvement in terrorism was found and the encounter was termed as "suspicious". Police officials have privately said this is not true and Anwar was "looking for someone to kill" so that he could claim credit for a foiled terror plot.

The report also suggested putting his name on the Exit Control List (ECL).

Addressing a press conference outside the residence of Naqeebullah here, the JI chief said the senior cop has been involved in numerous "fake" encounters.

Official sources in the Sindh government said that Anwar was close to the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leadership and had always preferred to remain in Karachi's Malir district.

Police on Sunday assured the family of Waziristan native Naqeebullah Mehsud, who was allegedly killed in a "fake encounter" in Karachi, that they would be provided security when they travel to the metropolis to appear before an inquiry committee probing the suspected extrajudicial killing.

A three-member investigation committee has sent its an interim report on the killing of a 27-year-old Naqeebullah in an alleged police encounter led by SSP Malir Rao Anwar to Sindh government and IG.

The decision was taken during a meeting chaired by Additional Inspector General Sanaullah Abbasi.

The body of Naqeeb Mehsud, who was killed in police firing in Karachi, has been handed over to his family after five days.

Anwar, a controversial police officer in Sindh, once told a crime reporter in an interview that he drew inspiration from Indian gangster movies, and that his desire was to clean up Karachi and rid it of political and religious criminals. Mehsud said that Naqeeb left behind two daughters and a son.

Naqeebullah, 27, was reportedly picked up by poilce personnel in civvies from a tea shop at Karachi's Sohrab Goth area on January 3.

Ex-SSP Anwar had claimed that Naqeeb also had links with other militant organisations.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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