Rao Anwar arrested from SC premises


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ISLAMABAD: Former Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Malir Rao Anwar, who went underground after Supreme Court of Pakistan took a suo-moto action in the case of Naqeebullah Mehsud’s extrajudicial killing, has finally appeared before the Supreme Court, Aaj News reported.

A three member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan, Saqib Nisar while rejecting Anwar’s plea to grant a protective bail ordered his arrest.

As the hearing commenced Justice Nisar asked Anwar,”Where were you hiding? We thought you were brave.”

“Did you not have faith in court?where were you all this time?,” the CJP further questioned.

The bench also rejected his request for inclusion of representatives of ISI and IB in the joint investigation team probing Naqeebullah murder case. The bench pointed out that ISI and IB have nothing to do with a murder case.

However, a new JIT headed by Additional Inspector-General (IG) Sindh Aftab Pathan was formed to probe the matter. The other members will include Zulfiqar Larak, Dr Rizwan, Azad Ahmed Khan and Wali Ullah.

Apex court then drop the contempt of court case against Anwar and order to restore his bank accounts.

Anwar who arrived at the court amid tight security, was taken to Courtroom number 1, where a hearing into Mehsud’s murder case was scheduled to take place.

On Jan. 19, SC launched an inquiry into the death of 27-year-old aspiring fashion model Naqibullah Mehsud. He was one of four men killed six days earlier in what police initially said was a shoot-out with suspected Islamist militants.

The police team that killed Mehsud was under the command of senior superintendent Anwar Ahmed Khan, who has been suspended since Jan. 20 on the recommendation of a police inquiry committee.

The committee was set up after Mehsud’s father, Muhammad Khan Mehsud, who denies his son had any militant links, filed a kidnapping and killing complaint against him.