KARACHI – Sindh Police have finally declared former SSP Rao Anwar as the main culprit in the Naqeebullah Mehsud’s encounter case, that had garnered the attention of top court as well.
District Central SSP, Dr Rizwan Ahmad Khan, has submitted a supplementary charge-sheet on the basis of Joint Investigation Team (JIT)’s report, which holds Rao Anwar responsible for the encounter.
According to the ‘damaging’ charge-sheet, which has been formulated after taking statements of witnesses -including Muhammad Qasim and Hazrat Ali – and evidence, Rao Anwar was leading the team, which was involved in abducting, declaring Naqeebullah, Muhammad Ishaq, Muhammad Sabir and Nazar Jan as terrorists and later killing them in the fake encounter.
It is also stated that during interrogation, Anwar deliberately delayed the matter and withheld the facts and could not produce any evidence to establish his innocence, however, it has been proven that he was present at the crime scene, Express Tribune reported.
The investigators also unearthed Rao’s contact with police constables Jahangir Khanzada and Shakil Feroz through DSP Qamar and SHO Amanullah Marwat. It was also found that former DSP Qamar Ahmad compromised the evidence at the crime scene and acted as a facilitator to the team involved in the encounter.
The police investigation says that the constable Shakil Feroz replaced mobile SIMs after the incident, however, the police have admitted that the weapons used in the encounter have yet to be seized.
The investigations were conducted by the JIT headed by Sindh AIG Aftab Pathan, which was devised on the directives of Supreme Court and it held 16 meetings at different places to probe the high-profile case.
It is to be noted that Rao Anwar – who was arrested from the premises of the Supreme Court – had already filed a review petition against the Supreme Court’s order to re-constitute the JIT.
The police official expressed mistrust over the team and requested that members of intelligence agencies should also be included in the team. However, the matter is yet to be fixed for hearing.