Rao refuses to appear before body probing Naqeeb's killing

Elias Hubbard
January 23, 2018

Responding to his suspension and the ongoing investigation against the alleged staged encounter killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud, the sacked Malir SSP defended himself saying his intentions were never wrong.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court today summoned Anwar and senior officials of the Sindh government in the Naqeebullah case.

Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Malir Rao Anwar was heading the police raiding team, which claimed to kill three terrorists in Karachi's Shah Latif Town.

The officer has failed to appear before the committee tasked with probing the "extrajudicial killing’ of Naqeebullah".

According to airport sources, Anwar had tried to board Emirates airline flight EK615 last night but was stopped by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials at the immigration counter. These claims have caused a social media uproar. He was recently killed in an alleged police encounter in Karachi. During this shoot-out, four alleged members of banned outfit Tahreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were killed.

After the social media uproar against the "extrajudicial encounter" of Naqeeb, Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has ordered an inquiry into the case as more details pointing towards mysterious circumstances emerge.

The publicity-relishing Rao Anwar, SSP Malir for ages, now suspended and facing charges for murdering 27 year-old Karachi resident Naqeebullah Mehsud and three others in a January 12 fake encounter, seems to have vanished in thin air after the three-member probe committee termed the incident suspicious and suggested placing his name on the Exit Control List.

Inspector General Sindh AD Khawaja transferred Anwar, adding that further action against him will be taken after the completion of the inquiry.

The decision to remove him came after probe body head AIG Sanaullah Abbasi said that interim report regarding the case was sent to Sindh police after proper investigation. However, Adeel Chandio has been appointed as SSP Malir.

Earlier, DIG Sultan Khwaja said no evidence has been found of Naqeebullah that supports Naqeeb was a terrorist.

An inquiry panel was set up to investigate the matter and in addition to suspending him, the panel has also asked the government to put Anwar's name on the Exit Control List (ECL) so that he does not flee overseas.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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