SSP Rao Anwar likely to be arrested in fake encounter of Naqeebullah Mehsud: sources

SSP Rao Anwar likely to be arrested in fake encounter of Naqeebullah Mehsud: sources

KARACHI - SSP Rao Anwar involved in the fake encounter of the Waziristan boy Naqeebullah Mehsud is likely to be arrested along with his team, sources have revealed.

SSP Rao Anwar was held responsible for the fake encounter by the high level inquiry committee formed by the Sindh government.

However the Case against former Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Malir Rao Anwar has not yet been registered following the probe into Naqeebullah Mehsud’s extrajudicial killing in an alleged police encounter in Karachi.

The police have opted the stance that an FIR will not be lodged against any officer until Naqeeb’s family members file an official report.

On the other hand, the Additional Inspector-General (AIG) of Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) contacted the deceased’s cousin and held discussion about the case after Dunya News raised the issue.

It is worth mentioning here that former SSP Malir Rao Anwar was sacked from his post on Saturday following the probe into Naqeebullah Mehsud’s killing.

The inquiry committee had recommended removing Rao Anwar after no evidence pertaining to Naqeeb’s involvement in terrorism was found and the encounter was termed as ‘suspicious’.

"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," read the press release issued by Inspector General of Police Sindh AD Khowaja.

Following the recommendation of Sindh IG, provincial Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal directed to put the name of Rao Anwar in Exit Control List (ECL). Moreover; the ministry also informed Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) of the matter.