Karachi (July 05, 2018): The anti-terrorism court (ATC) hearing the Naqeebullah Mehsud murder case is expected to announce its decision on the bail plea of former SSP Malir Rao Anwar today.
At yesterday’s hearing, Anwar’s counsel, Amir Mansoob Qureshi, argued in court that his client was not present at the crime scene.
The judge asked the counsel, “The victims were shot from inside a room and from the back. How come they were not shot from the front during the encounter?”
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However, the former SSP Malir’s counsel said, “Anwar was neither involved in catching Naqeebullah nor in the encounter.”
Qureshi concluded his arguments after three hours following which the petitioner’s counsel, Salahuddin Panhwar, presented his arguments before the ATC. The hearing was later adjourned.
Background Of The Case:
On January 18, Anwar had declared Naqeebullah a terrorist after news of the fake encounter aired on television.
A case of the incident was filed on January 19, while Anwar was suspended from duty the next day.The Supreme Court had ordered Anwar to appear on January 27, but the suspended SSP remained on the run for at least two months.
Cases have been filed against 24 accused in the murder case of Naqeebullah. Out of the count, 11 have been arrested while 13 others are absconding.A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed under the directives of the Supreme Court found the suspended Malir SSP responsible for the killing of Mehsud and three others in an alleged encounter in Karachi.
The use of geo-fencing technology has established Anwar’s presence at the time of the incident.He was also present with Naqeebullah when the youth was arrested, and where he was kept in captivity, sources close to the JIT have revealed.