ISLAMABAD - A report prepared by the HRCP over Naqeebullah Mehsud murder has revealed horrifying facts. His left hand was either dislocated or fractured. There were cigarette burn marks on his body and bruises near the eyes and back of the ear. Injury marks were also visible at the back of the head,” the NCHR team quoted Rehman as saying.
When asked about his statement given to police, Rehman – who had received Naqeebullah’s body from the morgue – told the inquiry team that he disowned the contents of that statement as he was forced to sign it under duress by the police.
“Otherwise the body of Naqeebullah would not have been handed over to us,” he said.
Other representatives of the local community told the inquiry team that in their area, police had been running a well-organised system of ‘extortion through abduction’.
“Pakhtun immigrants, especially from tribal areas, are an easy prey of police abductions because they can be easily blackmailed after being labeled as Taliban or terrorists,” read the NCHR report.
Naqeebullah’s brother-in-law informed the team that the ‘murdered’ youth wanted to run a cloth store and had paid Rs110,000 to one Nazak Mir as token money for two shops. According to community elders, this payment brought him to the notice of “an extortion gang run by Rao Anwar”.
They said Mir was known as Anwar’s tout in this business of extortion and might have tipped off police regarding Naqeebullah.