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Saturday Jan 20 2018

Naqeebullah killing: Rao Anwar removed from post, placed on ECL

KARACHI: Former SSP Malir Rao Anwar has been removed from his post after the probe committee formed over the extrajudicial killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud found the 27-year-old to be innocent, a notification issued on Saturday stated.

Rao Anwar's name has also been placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) on the recommendation of the probe committee, sources said. 

SSP Adeel Hussain Chandio has been assigned charge of Malir district in his place, the notification, issued by IG Sindh AD Khawaja, stated. 

Speaking to media later, IG Sindh AD Khawaja said Rao Anwar’s suspension has been ordered to ensure a fair inquiry into the alleged encounter that killed Naqeebullah.

The police encounter was suspicious, Khawaja remarked.

According to the initial investigation report, the committee termed SSP Rao Anwar’s allegations against Naqeebullah baseless, sources said.

In its report, the committee stated that there was no proof found of Naqeebullah being a terrorist.

The 2014 FIR presented by Anwar was also bogus, it said.

The committee in its report also recommended the registration of a case against Rao Anwar and other personnel involved in Naqeebullah’s killing.

Anwar's assets to be probed

The committee probing Anwar will investigate the former SSP Malir's assets, both in the country and abroad, sources informed Geo News.

Sources added that investigations by security agencies have been initiated and details of Anwar's properties in Karachi and Islamabad are being collected.

Details of police encounters conducted during Anwar's tenure in Malir and his alleged illegal activities in the area are also being collected by investigating officials.

Sources further stated that Anwar is accused of making assets worth billions during his posting in the Malir area of the metropolis.

He is also accused of being involved in the theft of gravel, and also of facilitating taking over land by force.

‘Justice will prevail’

The head of the committee, Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) Additional Inspector General Sanaullah Abbasi said earlier that justice will prevail in the case and the outcome will be based on merit.

Speaking to Shahzeb Khanzada in Geo News programme ‘Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Saath’, Abbasi said the committee is investigating the case and interviewing several people in relation to the issue.

He added that the team went again to observe the site of the incident and people will get to see justice in this case.

The AIG, in response to a question, said the team is under no pressure and added that they are ‘prisoners of their own conscience’.

Suo motu notice

Earlier on Friday, Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Saqib Nisar took notice of the suo motu killing.

The chief justice summoned a report from the Sindh police chief in seven days.

Following hue and cry on social media and by relatives of the Waziristan native, an inquiry committee was formed under the chair of CTD Additional IG Sanaullah Abbasi.