Killing of Naqeebullah: Rao Anwar sacked as SSP Malir

KARACHI: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sindh AD Khowaja on Saturday removed top police officer Rao Anwar from the post of SSP Malir in view of the Sindh police’s initial inquiry committee report that found Naqeebullah Mehsud as an innocent, who was killed in a police encounter.

The action was taken after an inquiry committee found Naqeebullah as innocent. Further action will be taken against Anwar after completion of the inquiry, according to police. Police officer Adeel Chandio has been given the charge of SSP Malir post. Provincial Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal has directed authorities to put the name of Anwar in Exit Control List (ECL).

Earlier, the committee said in its report that to ensure fair probe into the encounter, SSP Malir Rao Anwar and SP Investigation-II East Altaf Sarwar Malik may be

transferred and placed under suspension. A notification issued by IGP office said Anwar is transferred and directed to report to CPO Sindh with immediate effect and

until further orders.

On Friday, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar took a suo motu notice of Naqeebullah’s killing in Karachi and summoned a report from the IGP Sindh within seven days.

SSP Anwar had claimed to have shot dead four alleged terrorists, including Mehsud, aged, 27, in a police encounter in Shah Latif town area of Karachi. The deceased’s

family claimed that Mehsud disappeared on January 3 from Sohrab Goth and was then killed in a fake encounter. Later, the inquiry committee was formed under the

chair of Counter Terrorism Department Additional IG Sanaullah Abbasi.

SSP Anwar appeared before a departmental inquiry committee on Friday and submitted the Mehsud’s criminal record. He said a kidnapping for ransom case against

Naqeebullah was registered in 2014. He also submitted details of the criminal record to committee.