Rao Anwaar, other accused indicted in Naqeebullah murder case
KARACHI (92 News) – An anti-terrorism court framed charges against Malir former SSP Rao Anwaar and other accused in the Naqeebullah murder case on Monday.
However, the accused pleaded not guilty. The court also summoned witnesses to record their statements on April 11.
Rao Anwaar, former DSP Qamar and three others are on bail, while 13 police officials are in jail on judicial remand.
Naqeebullah, who hailed from South Waziristan, was among the four suspects killed in an ‘encounter’ with a police team headed by SSP Anwar in the Usman Khaskheli Goth on the outskirts of the metropolis in January, 2018. Naqeebullah’s killing sparked outrage on social media after which the case caught media attention.
Anwaar has stuck to the claim that the deceased was a Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant but so far, no evidence has emerged. An inquiry team of senior police officers probing the alleged extrajudicial killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud found that the Waziristan native was killed in a ‘fake encounter’ which was ‘staged’ by the former SSP.
SC dismisses plea to remove Rao Anwaar’s name from ECL
On January 10, 2019, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has dismissed a plea to remove the name of Malir former SSP Rao Anwaar from the exit control list.
Then Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar had ordered to confiscate the passport of Rao Anwaar. He remarked that Rao Anwaar had killed a young man and how he was acquitted.
The court ordered that Rao Anwaar would remain in Pakistan till the completion of the trial.