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Web Desk
March 21, 2018

Fugitive Rao Anwar arrested after Supreme Court appearance


ISLAMABAD: Former Malir SSP Rao Anwar who is accused of killing Naqeebullah Mehsood in an alleged fake encounter was arrested from outside the Supreme Court after he appeared before the apex court.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar  has constituted  a five-member committee comprising police officials and headed by Aftab Pathan.

The chief justice asked him as to why he failed to trust the court and  instead wrote letters which didn't create  good impression.

The court said Sindh Police would be responsible for the security of  the former Malir SSP. 

The  officer who arrived in a  white car wearing a mask  appeared confident, according to Geo News reporter.

He  appeared before the court two months after extra judicial murder of Naqeebullah Mehsood, a youth from South Waziristan.

Mehsood was killed in January in  an encounter led by Rao Anwar, sparking outrage  across the country.

The Supreme Court took notice of the incident after authorities failed to arrest him.

The  officer  ignored  Supreme Court orders to  appear before the court after his attempt to flee the country from Benazir International Airport was foiled.

The Supreme Court last month  issued contempt notice to   Rao Anwar as he failed to appear before the apex court despite being granted protective bail.

The court, police and family of Naqeebullah Mehsood were hoping the fugitive officer would turn up after the court orders but he didn't.

The court ordered the State Bank of Pakistan to freeze banks accounts of Rao Anwar and directed ISI, IB, and MI to help police arrest the officer.

In January a case was registered against the suspended Malir SSP over the extrajudicial killing of Waziristan native Naqeebullah Mehsud.

Rao Anwar is wanted in an inquiry into the extrajudicial murder of Naqeebullah Mehsud, a 27-year-old native of Waziristan who was among the four suspected terrorists killed in an ‘exchange of fire’ with a police team on January 13 in Shah Latif Town, Karachi. 

The suspended police officer's name was  placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) on the orders of the Supreme Court after it took notice of his reported attempt to leave the country.

Rao Anwar’s attempt to flee the country was foiled by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials when he was trying to sneak out from the Islamabad Airport. Instead of surrendering to the police in Karachi and defending himself in the court of law, apparently Rao Anwar tried to flee the country to avoid arrest.

After evading arrest in Karachi, Rao Anwar in a surprise move managed to sneak out of Karachi and reached Islamabad. He managed to get an ‘electronic visa’ for Dubai and also faked a letter from the office of the chief secretary of Sindh Rizwan Memon, granting him seven-day leave as well as allowing him to travel abroad.