Inquiry committee declares Naqeeb Mehsud murder as extra-judicial killing

Two witnesses retract statements against Rao Anwar in Naqeeb Mehsud case

KARACHI: The inquiry committee investigating the 2018 killing of Naqeebullah Mehsood and three others in a police encounter has submitted its report to the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC).
The committee has declared the killings as extra-judicial, stating that Naqeebullah Mehsood, Sabir, Nazar Jan and Ishaq were murdered at a deserted place after being declared terrorists.
The report said inquiry committee and the investigation officer (IO) visited the crime scene.
It stated that neither bullet marks nor any traces of grenade explosion were found in the poultryfarm.
The report said arms and cartilages were placed in the room after the execution of Naqeebullah Mehsood and others, adding that former SSP Malir Rao Anwar and his companions were present on the crime scene.
The inquiry report said the encounter was fake and fabricated .
The ATC has approved a report that sought to abolishes five cases registered against the Naqeebullah Mehsood and others.
According to the report, the inquiry committee and the investigation officer inspected the crime scene. No marks of fired bullets and hand grenades were found at the poultry farm, which was pointed out as the scene of the encountry, the report said.
The circumstantial evidences indicate that it was a baseless and staged encounter, the report further said.
According to the report, all four people including Naqeebullah were killed in a room and the weapons were kept at the scene afterwards.
The report also said that former SSP Malir Rao Anwar and his other accomplices were present at the time of the incident.
Last year, former SSP Malir Rao Anwar along with other police officials had been booked for allegedly killing four men, including South Waziristan youth Naqeebullah Mehsud in a fake police encounter in Shah Latif Town on Jan 13.
The murder triggered widespread outrage on social media when the family of aspiring fashion model rejected claims that Mehsud was a member of a terrorist outfit and had any criminal record.
On July 11, 2018, the ATC granted bail to Anwar against a surety of Rs 1 million.
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court turned down a petition by Anwar, seeking removal of his name from the Exit Control List (ECL).
A bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar rejected the former cop’s plea.
It is pertinent to mention here that Rao Anwar retired from police service on Jan 1 this year.


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