Police shootout: IG Sindh forms three-member committee to probe Naqeebullah killing

Karachi: Inspector General Police (IGP) Sindh, AD Khawaja on Thursday ordered the formation of a three-member committee to probe the suspected extrajudicial killing following reports that the 27-year-old hailing from South Waziristan was innocent and allegedly killed in a “staged encounter”.

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After the directions of Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal has taken notice of the death of Naqeebullah.

Replying to Bilawal’s tweet, Siyal stated on Twitter that he has appointed DIG South Azad Khan to conduct an inquiry into the incident.

“If Rao Anwar fails to satisfy the committee, then he too will not remain on his post,” he said.

SP Malir Rao Anwar in a media talk had claimed to have shot down four terrorists, including Naseemullah, allegedly affiliated with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, in a police encounter at Shah Latif town on January 13.

However, acquaintances and relatives of a man who was killed in an allegedly staged encounter by police in Karachi last week have disputed the police claim that the deceased was a militant affiliated with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

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Rao Anwar’s claims regarding Naqeebulah’s path to militancy

Naqeebullah was allegedly among four suspects killed in an ‘encounter’ with a police team headed by Senior Superintendent of Police Rao Anwar in the Usman Khaskheli Goth on the outskirts of the metropolis last week.

The death of Naqeebullah has sparked outrage on Social Media lambasting alleged ‘police encounter’ and a protest is scheduled o take place at 3pm near press club.

The ‘encounter specialist’

Rao Anwar, called the ‘encounter specialist’ by some, is known for carrying out ‘encounters’ of controversial nature against outlaws and has claimed in the past to have killed militants belonging to various terrorist organisations and the then-Mohajir Qaumi Movement activists during his raids.

The majority of such cases have remained unquestioned, apart from a few where the families of those shot dead have moved the court.

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