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SC to hear suo motu case regarding killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud

27 January, 2018

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Karachi: The Supreme Court (SC) on Saturday would hear the suo motu case regarding the extrajudicial killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud in an alleged fake encounter.

Naqeebullah, 27, hailing from South Waziristan and residing in Karachi since 2008, was reportedly aspiring to become a model. He was allegedly apprehended by police in Karachi on January 2, 2018, and was killed on January 17 in a controversial encounter besides three other suspects by a police team headed by Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rao Anwar in the Usman Khaskheli Goth on the outskirts of Karachi.

On January 19, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar took suo motu notice of the alleged fake encounter and directed Sindh inspector general of police (IGP) to submit a report over the incident within seven days.

A committee was also formed on the directives of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to investigate the ‘staged encounter’. Appearing before the committee, Rao Anawr submitted ‘evidence’ supporting his claim that Naqeebullah was a Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) militant. “He was 100 percent a terrorist,” Anwar reiterated while speaking to the media after the meeting.

A statement reportedly issued by a spokesman of TTP’s South Waziristan chapter, however, has termed Rao Anwar’s claim as ‘baseless’, saying Naqeebullah had no links with the banned militant outfit. The Karachi police have yet to arrest Anwar, despite the registration of a murder case against him by Naqeebullah’s father.

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