KARACHI: The administrative judge of the anti-terrorism courts (ATC) sent on Wednesday former Malir deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Qamar Ahmed to police custody in the Naqeebullah murder case.
The ATC administrative judge also directed the investigation officer (IO) to produce the suspect after seven days along with a charge sheet.
Earlier, IO SSP Abid Ali Qaimkhani produced DSP Ahmed before the judge and requested his physical custody in order to complete investigations and other legal formalities.
Allowing the request, the judge remanded the suspect to police custody for seven days, directing the IO to produce him and also submit a charge sheet against him on the next date.
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So far, the police have tracked down 10 members of the police party headed by former Malir SSP Rao Anwar, which had killed aspiring model Naseemullah Mehsud alias Naqeebullah in a fake encounter and then labeled him a member of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, al Qaeda and other militant groups.
According to the prosecution, policemen in plainclothes had picked up Naqeebullah and his two friends from a teashop on Abul Hassan Ispahani Road on January 3, kept them in illegal detention and tortured them. Three days later, the two friends were released on the Super Highway.
On January 17, Naqeebullah's relatives came to know through the media that SSP Anwar and his associates allegedly killed him and three others in an 'encounter' in the Shah Latif Town area, claiming that they were militants.
‘Naqeebullah’s only fault was that he was from the tribal areas’
Later, the inspector-general of police constituted a three-member inquiry committee, which found that the encounter was fake and SSP Anwar and his associates were involved in Naqeebullah's extrajudicial killing.
On January 26, six police officials, Sub-Inspector Mohammad Yasin, Assistant Sub-Inspector Supurd Hussain, Assistant Sub-Inspector Allahyar, Head Constable Khizar Hayat, Head Constable Mohammad Iqbal and Constable Arshad Ali were arrested for their alleged involvement in the abduction and killing of Naqeebullah in a staged encounter. The officials were sent on physical remand after their arrests.