Saturday, February 4

SHC adjourns hearing of petition against Rao Anwar

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday adjourned the hearing of a petition seeking impartial inquiry into police encounters led by former senior superintendent of police (SSP) Malir Rao Anwar since 1992 due to the absence of the petitioner.

A division bench headed by Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto was hearing a petition filed by Advocate Muzammil Mumtaz Meo Rajput, praying to the court to constitute a high-profile committee to probe into the killings of 250 persons in ‘fake encounters’ led by Rao Anwar.

When the bench started the hearing on Friday, it was informed the petitioner was not present in the court on which the hearing was adjourned till April 11.

Earlier, the petitioner had submitted that Rao Anwar had been serving as SSP Malir for quite a long period and during his tenure he led hundreds of ‘staged encounters’ but none of them was scrutinized impartially. The then SSP Malir had misused his powers, he maintained.

Rajput said that during Rao Anwar’s tenure as Malir SSP, he was often suspended and removed on the charges of staged encounters but no one replaced him.

The suspended SSP Malir landed in hot waters after alleged extra-judicial killing of 27-year old Naqeebullah Mehsood, a handsome young man found very active in sharing his pictures on social media.

It may be noted that it’s not the first time that Rao’s name came into lights for extra-judicial murders as similar sort of cases were surfaced in the past also.