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Senior police official Rao Anwar removed from his post

20 January, 2018

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Senior police official Rao Anwar, who is under scrutiny over his involvement in the alleged extrajudicial killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud, was removed from his post as the senior superintendent of police (SSP) Malir on Saturday.

The decision was taken by Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) A.D. Khowaja soon after an enquiry committee looking into the alleged murder of Mehsud submitted its initial report to the Sindh police on Saturday morning.

"The committee is of unanimous opinion that in order to ensure fair and transparent enquiry of the incident and investigation into the case, SSP Malir Rao Anwar and SP Investigation-II East Malik Altaf Sarwar may be transferred and placed under suspension," reads the press release issued by IGP Khowaja.

A notification regarding the transfer, a copy of which is available with DawnNews, says: "Mr Anwar Ahmed Khan, an officer of Sindh Police (BS-18). Senior Superintendent of Police, District Malir, Karachi Range, is transferred and directed to report to CPO Sindh, Karachi with immediate effect and until further orders."

According to a separate notification, SSP City Adeel Hussain Chandio will replace Anwar on his post, while SSP Shiraz Nazeer will take on the role of SSP City in Chandio's stead.

Mehsud, a 27-year-old hailing from South Waziristan, was allegedly among 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 last week.

So far, however, no evidence has emerged about any crime being committed — notwithstanding police allegations, specifically those made by Rao Anwar.

Mehsud's family, however, disputed Anwar's claim and said that the 27-year-old, who hailed from Waziristan, had no links with any militant organisation. Naqeebullah — whose name is given as Naseemullah on his national identity card — was a shop owner fond of modelling, relatives of the deceased had told reporters.

A committee comprising the IGP Counter-terrorism Department (CTD) Sanaullah Abbasi and DIGs South and East was formed on Thursday to investigate the veracity of the "police encounter".

According to the IGP CTD, the report contains statements from police officials present at the scene of the 'encounter'. SSP Anwar had appeared before the committee on Friday and submitted 'evidence' supporting his claim that Mehsud was a Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan's (TTP) militant. "Everyone on this investigative team is honest and the nation will see justice be served," Abbasi said after submitting his report.

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