Apex court gives two more days to police to arrest Rao Anwar

KARACHI: The Supreme Court on Saturday directed the Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) to arrest former Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Malir Rao Anwar, who allegedly led e ‘fake’ police encounter to kill 27-year old Naqeebullah Mehsood, within two days and submit a report before it.

Headed by the chief justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, the apex court larger bench was hearing a suo moto case of Naqeebullah’s alleged extra judicial murder at its Karachi registry. The CJP had taken suo moto notice when the issue of killing of Naqeebullah came into limelight.

In the outset of the hearing, the provincial Police Chief AD Khawaja informed the judges that they had obtained the CCTV cameras footages of Benazir Bhutto International Airport Islamabad and Jinnah International Airport Karachi. He requested the court to allow them more time to go through these footages.

The CJP asked the police chief that how much more time he required on which AD Khawaja replied that hopefully there will be some progress in two to three days. Putting off the matter till March 19, the court directed the police to nab Rao Anwar and submit a report in the next hearing which will be conducted at SC Islamabad.

Speaking to media after the hearing, AD Khawaja said that Rao Anwar should have surrendered before the court, adding that there no evidence that Rao Anwar had fled to abroad. He said they needed more CCTV camera footages as the footages that they have were not cleared.