Arrest Rao Anwar within three days: Supreme Court tells IG Sindh

The Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday gave three days to the Inspector General of Police in Sindh Allah Dino Khawaja for arresting the former Malir SSP Rao Anwar, according to Express News.

A three-member top court bench headed by the CJP was conducting a hearing at the SC’s Karachi Registry of the suo motu case regarding the extrajudicial killing of Naqeebullah Mehsood in an alleged fake encounter by former Malir SSP. Anwar was summoned to appear in the court today, but he did not appear.

Five-member committee to investigate Naqeeb’s killing

After the registration of a murder case against Anwar and his team at Sachchal police station on the basis of findings of a three-member inquiry committee, the IG Sindh on Friday formed a five-member investigation body to look into the ‘staged encounter’ of Naqeebullah.

Sindh Additional IG Aftab Pathan is head of the investigation team while two senior investigation officers and as many district police chiefs are members. The committee on Saturday submitted its report to the SC’s Karachi Registry.

“We had asked Rao Anwar to appear in the court. Is he present in the court?” asked the CJP. “He has run away,” replied the IG Sindh.

Justice Nisar said, “Rao Anwar should have appeared in the court. What efforts you did to arrest him?”

At this point, AD Khawaja briefed the CJP about the measures that were taken the police to arrest Anwar and said, “We have tried everything to arrest Rao Anwar. By the time he was in Islamabad, no case was registered against him.”

Justice Nisar also asked the civil aviation authorities, if the former SSP Malir has travelled in a private plane. “Tell us, has Rao Anwar travelled abroad in 15 days or not?”

“Has anyone in Karachi given Rao Anwar a shelter so that he can hide? Isn’t it that where he has gone is a place which is out of your reach?” the CJP asked the IG Sindh.

The CJP told AD Khawaja to work freely without being influenced by anyone, saying the judiciary would not let honest police officials fail.

“How much time you need to arrest him?” he asked.

SC to take up seven major cases today

“We cannot exactly tell when Rao Anwar will be arrested but we are doing our best,” AD Khawaja replied. The CJP later gave a timeframe of three days to ensure the arrest of the former SSP Malir.

“I have faith in the police as the department comprises of competent officials,” said Justice Nisar and added, “Naqeebullah is ours and the nation’s son.”

On January 13, Naqeebullah and three others were killed in an alleged encounter with the Malir police team, headed by SSP Anwar.

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