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Naqeebullah murder case: Ex-SSP Malir Rao Anwar released on bail

KARACHI: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Saturday issued release orders for former Malir Senior Superintendent Police Rao Anwar after he was granted bail in cases registered in connection with the alleged extrajudicial killing of Pashtun youth Naqeebullah Mehsud, ARY News reported.

The ATC on Friday granted him bail in placement of pistols and hand grenades on victims’ bodies in the alleged fake encounter.

On July 10, he was granted bail in Naqeebullah murder case when the court said he was not present at the time of encounter.

The police personnel present outside his house were removed soon after the release order. The former SSP Malir was detained at his Malir house which was declared sub-jail.

The Naqeebullah murder case

On January 13, Rao Anwar had claimed to have shot dead four members of the defunct Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in an encounter near Shah Latif Town in Karachi.

Family members of one of the killed terror suspects, Naqeebullah Mehsud, claimed that he was killed in a fake encounter, triggering widespread public outrage.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar then took suo motu notice of the killing of 27-year-old man in an alleged fake encounter and sought a report from the IG Sindh within seven days.

SSP Anwar a day earlier appeared before the probe, maintaining that Naqeebullah was involved in criminal activities.

Talking briefly to media, Anwar said the killed suspect was involved in a case pertaining to the kidnapping for ransom registered back in 2014.

“Has his family reported about [Naqeeb] disappearance on January 3 at any police station?” he asked in response to the family’s claim that the deceased was abducted on aforementioned date from Sohrab Goth before an alleged ‘extrajudicial killing’.

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