PESHAWAR: An anti-terrorism court said on Thursday declared that the murders of Naqeebullah Mehsud and his three friends were extrajudicial killings.

The court also quashed the five cases regarding possession of weapons, terrorism and other charges against Naqeebullah Mehsud and three other victims.

During the hearing of the case, the inquiry committee submitted its report in the court. The inquiry committee said in the report that the probe officers visited the site of the shootout and found no evidence of cross firing or bullet shells. The report said former Malir SSP Rao Anwar, prime accused in the case, and his aides, were present at shooting site.

The forensic report showed that the weapons were placed in the suspects’ hands after they were killed. All four were killed in the same room and two bodies were moved to another room.

On January 13, 2018, 27-year-old Naqeebullah Mehsud, a resident of South Waziristan tribal district, was shot dead along with his three friends Sabir, Nazir Khan and Ishaq at a farmhouse Karachi’s Shah Latif Town. Rao Anwar alleged that the slain persons were involved in terrorism cases.

Naqeebullah’s friends and family members shared his pictures on social media, demanding justice. His friends and family revealed that he was a shopkeeper and an aspiring model and had nothing to do with militant activities. They said the encounter was fake. The pictures of Naqeebullah soon went viral on the social media and soon a country-wide movement was started for seeking justice of Naqeebullah.

After the probe team declared the encounter fake, Rao Anwar, who took the credit for the encounter earlier, denied involvement in the case. However, Rao Anwar, DSP Qamar Ahmed Sheikh, and 13 others were later arrested in the case, while SHO Amanullah Marwat and Inspector Shoaib Sheikh are still absconding.

On 11 July, 2018, the ATC granted bail to Rao Anwar against a surety of Rs1 million. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court turned down a petition by Rao Anwar seeking removal of his name from the Exit Control List (ECL). Rao Anwar along with 11 of his subordinates is facing trial before the anti-terrorism court for the murder of Naqeebullah Mehsud and others.


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