Naqeebullah murder case: Witnesses identify three accomplices of SSP Rao Anwar

Court orders police to take accused into custody


Our Correspondent January 31, 2018
Former Malir SSP Rao Anwar and Naqeebullah Mehsud. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: In the District Malir judicial magistrate's court, eye witnesses identified on Wednesday three accomplices of former Malir SSP Rao Anwar in an identification parade relating to the Naqeebullah Mehsud murder case.

The investigation officer told the court that the identification parade of ASI Allahyar, head constable Iqbal and constable Arshad Ali would take place.

The court summoned the witnesses, two of whom immediately identified SSP Anwar's accomplice head constable Iqbal. The accused was lined up, along with nine others who were to be identified and was pinpointed by two eye witnesses.

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The eye witnesses told the court that the suspect was standing near the police vehicle when his other colleagues were throwing them in the car.

When the court asked the accused if he had any reservations about the identification parade, he replied no. He pleaded his innocence and said he was merely following orders from his superiors.

He also told the court that he was deployed at a checkpoint and lived there and did not even know the witnesses.

Arshad Ali, the other accused, was also identified by the witnesses and was described as the driver of the said police vehicle in which Naqeebullah and others were thrown into. The witnesses said that Ali was wearing a T-shirt at the time of the incident. They also said that they were taken to Sachhal Chowki.

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The accused then gave his statement in the court, pleading his innocence saying that he performed 24-hour general duty, even on that fateful evening.

The third accused, Allayar, was produced in the court and was immediately identified by the two witnesses, who said that Allahyar nabbed them from Sher Agha Hotel, accompanied by other police officers.

The witnesses also recounted that the accused was armed with Kalashnikovs and demanded that they get into the police vehicle.

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The court asked the witnesses if they had seen the accused after that, to which the witnesses said no.

The court then asked the accused if he had any reservations about this process, to which he said no.

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