The Supreme Court docket on Tuesday, throughout the listening to of the Naqeebullah Mehsud extra-judicial killing case, granted protecting bail to Rao Anwar and requested the previous Malir senior superintendent police (SSP) to look in courtroom on Friday.
The case was being heard by a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on the Islamabad registry.
Earlier, the SC had given ten days for the Sindh police to arrest the accused; nevertheless, no breakthrough was made with reference to his arrest, though another police officers allegedly concerned within the staged encounter have been arrested.
Sindh Inspector Common (IG) A.D. Khowaja on Tuesday instructed the courtroom committee had been constituted to seek out Anwar's location. He instructed the bench that the reviews compiled by Inter-Companies Intelligence (ISI), Intelligence Bureau (IB), and Federal Investigation Company (FIA) on this regard have additionally been furnished.
Khowaja instructed the courtroom that the authorities have been dealing with the matter as a high-profile case, including that the police was making an attempt to hint the placement of Anwar's cellular phone. Close to tracing the suspended Malir SSP with the help of WhatsApp, the IGP stated that even IB was unable to hint him.
The chief justice, nevertheless, reprimanded the provincial police chief, declaring that the "result of all these efforts was zero". "Each and every time, we provide you time [for the arrest of Anwar] but it seems that we [the court] ourselves have to arrest him," the CJP stated, producing a letter in courtroom which bore Anwar's signature and claimed that he [Anwar] was harmless.
IG Khowaja acknowledged that the signature on the letter certainly seemed to be Anwar's.
"Rao Anwar says he is innocent and that he was not present at the site of the fake encounter," the CJP stated, including that the previous SSP has requested for a free and truthful Joint Investigation Crew (JIT) to look into the matter.
The chief justice requested the IGP how the courtroom ought to proceed in mild of the letter, to which IG Khowaja replied that Anwar needs to be supplied with an opportunity to defend himself.
Naqeebullah, a local of South Waziristan residing in Karachi's Sohrab Goth space, was among the many 4 killed in an "encounter" days after allegedly being picked up from a tea stall close to the world. Following an uproar over social media, Rao Anwar had insisted all 4 killed had been terrorists.
A high-level police inquiry into the matter, nevertheless, outright rejected Anwar's claims and declared Naqeeb innocent.
The demand for the arrest of Naqeeb's killers ultimately reworked right into a motion for rights of residents of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), with protest in Islamabad ending with assurances from the prime minister to take up the protesters' calls for at related boards.