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IGP Sindh given 10 more days to arrest SSP Rao Anwar

02 February, 2018

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday admonished Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) AD Khawaja while granting him 10 more days to arrest suspended Malir SSP Rao Anwar, who is accused in case related to ‘extrajudicial’ killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud.

A three-member Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Jutices Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Ijazul Ahsan was hearing a suo motu case on murder of 27-year-old Naqeebullah Mehsud, who was allegedly killed by Rao Anwar and his team in a ‘fake’ encounter on January 17 in Karachi.

Appearing before the court on notice, the IGP requested the court to order intelligence agencies to assist police for the arrest of Rao Anwar, which the court accepted and directed the Inter-Services Intelligence, Military Intelligence and Intelligence Bureau to provide their complete support to the Sindh Police for arrest of Rao Anwar.

The court ordered protection to the witnesses of the case, besides directing FIA chief to seek Interpol’s services to search Rao Anwar through data from all the airports of the world.

AD Khawaja also submitted a seven-page progress report on the case. The chief justice noted that the investigation report has found Naqeebullah as innocent, adding that the deceased was severely tortured in police custody. He observed that the state has been blamed for Mehsud’s murder, adding that those who were responsible for providing security to the citizens have been accused of killing them.

“What police force was doing when Rao Anwar attempted to flee the country before going into hiding,” the chief justice asked AD Khawaja, adding that his attempt to flee was foiled by a brave daughter of FIA Immigration department.

The chief justice admonished AD Khawaja that why did police was not on alert at all the airports of the country, adding that the court saved his job when Sindh government tried to get rid of him.

AD Khawaja then offered to tender his resignation, saying that all resources were being utilized to arrest Rao Anwar. He said all the phones being used by Rao Anwar have been switched off.

To a court query, he said police teams were active in Lukki Marwat, Islamabad and interior Sindh to trace and capture him. He said police did not have facility to trace WhatsApp communication, thus it had written to ISI and IB for assistance.

The court held that contempt proceedings would be initiated against Rao Anwar if he failed to appear. The court also barred media from airing messages or statements of Rao Anwar.

A representative of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) told the court that there were four private airplane operators in the country and all of them had submitted their sworn statements declaring that Rao Anwar did not use their aircraft to leave the country.

He also submitted a report by CAA director general containing record of private flights that flew out of Pakistan between January 10 and 29. He said three flights of private jets had taken place during this period.

To a query, he said a contractor had used the jet owned by Malik Riaz to fly abroad during these days. The court then directed that an affidavit of Bahria Town CEO Ali Riaz be submitted in next one or two days in this regard.

A letter written by Naqeebullah’s father was also submitted in the court, to which the chief justice assured him of justice.

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