Naqeeb Mehsud murder case: Rao Anwar fails to appear before SC

ISLAMABAD: Former SSP Malir Rao Anwar on Friday failed to appear before the Supreme Court of Pakistan despite being granted protective bail in Naqeebullah Mehsood case.
Supreme Court adjourned the hearing of Naqeebullah Mehsud extra-judicial killing case for a short while after Rao Anwar failed to appear.
The case is being heard by a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar at the Islamabad registry. Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, after waiting for the absconding police official for about an hour, issued a contempt of court notice to Anwar and directed all law enforcement agencies to locate him.
He also ordered that the court should be updated about their progress.
“Anwar has lost a great opportunity by not appearing in court today; the court’s sympathy for him has ended,” remarked the CJP.
During the hearing, the CJP inquired whether Rao Anwar has arrived for hearing or not. Sindh Inspector General (IG) A.D. Khowaja responded negatively.
“Rao Anwar wasted a major chance. It was the responsibility of police to arrest him. Mr IG! What steps have you done for Anwar’s detention? If Rao Anwar had appeared in the court, we would have formed a JIT. Let’s wait for him for some time,” remarked the CJP.
Sindh Police Inspector General Police AD Khowaja and other senior officials were in Islamabad to attend the hearing.
During the last hearing of a suo motu notice of police shooting that killed the man from Waziristan in Karachi last month, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar had asked Rao Anwar to surrender himself before the apex court on Friday.
The chief justice asked police not to arrest the officer, granting him protective bail after receiving a letter from the “encounter specialist”.
The former SSP through his letter to the chief justice demanded the top court form a new Joint Investigation Team also comprising members of ISI and Military Intelligence .
Anwar also denied his role in the murder of Naqeebullah Mehsood, saying he was not present during the encounter .

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