Notorious Naqeebullah Murder Case Takes a New Turn: Rao Anwar Acquitted From ATC

May 29, 2023


Notorious Naqeebullah Murder Case Takes a New Turn: Rao Anwar Acquitted From ATC

Shaeran Rufus

KARACHI: On Monday, an Anti-Terrorism court in Karachi acquitted Rao Anwar former Malir SSP. Other than 16 others were also acquitted from the case. While in the court’s proceeding, the court briefed that the prosecution failed to present adequate evidence against Anwar and others accused.

The 27-year-old Naqeeb was killed in a 2018 raid led by Rao Anwar and other subordinates. The death of Mehsud in 2018 brought attention to the questionable handling of police dealing with sensitive cases and extrajudicial killings of innocent people in fake encounters. Mehsud’s death sparked outrage from various human rights organizations. He was an aspiring 27-year-old model from South Waziristan, residing in Karachi at the time of the murder.

The trial recorded 51 witnesses, including medico-legal, forensic, and ballistics experts, nine private witnesses, and police officials produced by the prosecution.

Fake Encounter

In the fake encounter on January 13, 2018, Anwar was charged with killing Mehsud and others while claiming they were linked to a “terrorist organization.” The former Malir SSP was charged with setting up the fake encounter that resulted in the deaths of Mehsud and two of his friends.

In 2019, the court indicted Anwar and 17 of his assistants for killing four men, including Naqeeb Ullah Mehsud. Anwar failed to name the officer when he recorded his statement last year, stating that he was being targeted due to “departmental rivalry.

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