ATC indicts Rao, others in Mehsud murder case

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ATC indicts Rao, others in Mehsud murder case

March 25, 2019

KARACHI:An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Monday indicted former Senior Superintend of Police (SSP) Malir Rao Anwar and 17 others in case of Naqebullah Mehsud who was killed in a staged police encounter in Karachi’s Malir district.

The court was hearing the murder case of Waziristani man Naqebullah Mehsud. Former SSP Rao and the other accused appeared before the court and they were indicted in the case and charges were framed against them. The all accused pleaded not guilty.

The court summoned witnesses of the case on next hearing and it ordered the complainant and the magistrate, who recorded the testimonies of witnesses, to appear on April 11 and adjourned the hearing.

Rao Anwar along with former deputy superintendent of police Qamar and three others are out on bail and 13 police officials are in jail on judicial remand in this murder case.

Twenty-seven-year-old Naqeebullah, Sabir, Nazir Khan, and Ishaq were killed at a farmhouse in Karachi’s Shah Latif Town on January 13, 2018. Former Malir SSP Anwar, the prime suspect in the case, alleged that the suspects were involved in terrorism cases and were affiliated with banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and the militant Islamic State (IS).

Soon after these murders, Naqeebullah’s friends and family shared his pictures on social media, demanding justice. His family said he was killed in a fake police encounter.

A report, compiled by an investigation team, called the encounter ‘fake’. Anwar, who took the credit for the ‘encounter’ earlier, denied involvement in the case.

Anwar, DSP Qamar Ahmed Sheikh, and 13 others were later arrested in the case. Now 5 accused are on bail and others are on judicial remand in jail.

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