Naqeebullah murder suspect Rao Anwar cites ‘deteriorating health’, fails to make court appearance

KARACHI: Suspended SSP Rao Anwar failed to appear before the anti-terrorism court (ATC) in the Naqeebullah Mehsud murder case today citing “deteriorating health conditions”.

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Mehsud, a 27-year-old native of South Waziristan, was killed in a fake encounter by a police team headed by Anwar in the outskirts of the metropolis on January 13 this year.

During the hearing on Wednesday, the jail authorities informed the court that Anwar has fallen sick and a doctor had come to check him.

The authorities also submitted Anwar’s medical certificate to the court.

The report stated that Anwar can’t be presented before the court due to his illness, the exact nature of which was not mentioned.

Moreover, the investigating officer, SSP Dr Rizwan, also didn’t appear before the court. This irked the ATC judge who summoned Dr Rizwan immediately.

“Please tell us what measures have been taken to arrest the absconding suspects,” the court remarked, referring to the members of Anwar’s ‘encounter team’ who are yet to be arrested.

The court also ordered authorities to ensure Anwar’s appearance in the next hearing.

In case Anwar fails to appear, then the doctor who issued the medical certificate can be summoned, the court observed.

The court then adjourned the hearing till May 14.

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