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Rao Anwar has been kept in sub jail due to a matter of security as expressed by IG to HSC.
There is no definite statistics available at hand today, to confirm as to how many people ended on the wrong end of Rao Anwar.
The former Malir SSP, Rao Anwar, known as the main culprit in the trending Naqeeb Ullah fake encounter case during his recent hearing came unattended by his lawyer Abid S Zuberi.
Naqeebullah Mehsud killing case received ample coverage by making headlines on national and international media as people grew fond of the police officer turned assassin scandal. The policeman was brought on to an anti-terrorism court in Karachi in an armored personnel carrier for a hearing of the Naqeebullah Mehsud killing case. After eluding law enforcement agencies for over a month, atlast, Rao Anwar was arrested on 21st March, 2018 and appeared before the Supreme Court.
Inception of Rao Anwar’s turmoil
On January 12th,2018 a police encounter took place in Shah Latif Town of Karachi, supervised by Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Malir Rao Anwar. During this shoot-out, four alleged members of banned crew Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were killed. Amongst these four alleged terrorists was 27-years-old Naseemullah, alias Naqeeb Mehsud. Ever since Naqeeb Ullah’s killing, disputed claims have emerged from his family that Naqeeb was abducted on 3rd January and his killing is extrajudicial.
Former SSP, claimed that he is being targeted because of personal disputes and professional jealousy. A joint investigation team found him guilty of killing Mehsud in a fake encounter on January 13th in Shah Latif town. SSP Anwar claimed that the JIT had no evidence against him. Declaring his innocence, this good cop turned bad said that the case was lodged against him due to personal enmities within the police. Looking forward to a sunrise on the other side of the bars, he said that he was 100% certain of being acquitted by the trial court.
Austere Judge refuses to support VIP Culture
To his dismay, Justice KK Agha heard the petition at the Sindh High Court against the anti-terrorism court’s decision to declare Anwar’s residence a sub-jail. Coming off as an austere man, “send him to prison”, said the judge. Everyone knows why Rao Anwar gets protocol, remarked the judge. He questioned, “Have any suspects been given such protocol? The Naqeeb Ullah murder case is high-profile and should not be taken lightly”.
The policeman was brought on to an anti-terrorism court in Karachi in an armored personnel carrier for a hearing of the Naqeebullah Mehsud killing case.
With no attempt at concealment, the judge expressed his anger over the absence of Rao Anwar’s lawyer. The judge ordered him to appear before court in the next hearing on July 2nd, 2018. The judge assured that a verdict will be issued in the next proceeding if Abid S Zuberi is absent.
Justice Nisar’s concerns were that of Rao Anwar’s security and therefore directed the police to ensure that the former SSP isn’t harmed in custody.
Father of deceased Naqeeb Ullah had filed petition against Rao Anwar as the court ordered the counsel of accused to ensure the attendance on next hearing and dismissed the hearing till 11th July.
Justice Nisar also directed the police to ensure that the former SSP isn’t harmed in custody.
What’s a few misdeeds?
Rao Anwar’s career as a SSP had not been as spotless as he claimed. In fact, hundreds of cases have been lodged against him but no action had been taken in the past.
Accused of killing around 300 people in more than 150 encounters, Rao Anwar embodies abuse of public authority and immunity.
Statistically his 69 media encounter’s from 1995-2018 lead up to approximately a death toll of 265. There is no definite statistics available at hand today, to confirm as to how many people ended on the wrong end of Rao Anwar. However, looking at 150 encounters in the 25 years of his career, Naqeeb Ullah’s case is only the tip of the iceberg of this dreaded cops’ misdeeds.
There have been several protests against Rao Anwar. For instance, on November 17, 2014 it was reported that JUI-F’s local leader, Mufti Shah Faisal, was killed in an alleged encounter with the District Malir Police in Swat Colony, Quaidabad.
Another example is that of the gun battle which took place in Gulshan-e-Bunair in 2016, where 3 alleged terrorists got killed by the police. According to SSP Malir, the suspects were involved in an attack on police officials and security forces. As stated by Rao Anwar these terrorists were planning on attacking the police car.
Rao Anwar’s special treatment is being questioned, perhaps, further investigation will uncover the forces behind Rao Anwar.