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Naqeebullah murder: SC orders to arrest Rao Anwar after appearance in court

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed to arrest suspended SSP Malir Rao Anwar soon after he finally appeared before the court. He had been absconding in the case of Naqeebullah Mehsud s extrajudicial killing for two months.

The accused, wearing a mask, arrived at the court on a white car amid tight security. He was then taken to Courtroom number 1, where the hearing of the case was held.

“You are much brave? Where were you hiding? You used to arrest people but yourself remain in hiding” asked the CJP.

“I surrender before the court. I had life threats,” replied Rao Anwar. “You are providing no favour to the court while surrendering before it. The law has no sympathies with an absconder,” remarked the judge.

The Supreme Court rejected Rao Anwar’s protective bail plea and directed to unfreeze his accounts. It also took back the contempt of court notice against him.

The court directed to form a new Joint Investigation Team (JIT) headed by AIG Aftab Pathan to probe the murder of Mehsud.

The court refused the request of Rao Anwar’s lawyer to include representatives of intelligence agencies.

During the hearing, Inspector General of Police Sindh A.D. Khowaja and NADRA authorities were also present in the court. After the court proceedings ended, Anwar was taken into custody and will be directly shifted to Karachi.

Mehsud, a 27-year-old hailing from South Waziristan, was gunned down on January 13 in Shah Latif Town by alleged ‘encounter’ with a police team headed by Rao Anwar, however; preliminary probe suggest that Mehsud was killed in cold blood and had no terror links.

His killing sparked a social media outcry, as his family members rejected claims by authorities that he was a member of the Tehreek-e-Taliban, saying he was an innocent aspiring male model.

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