Witnesses yet to identify Rao Anwar as prime accused, reveal sources

Published: April 27, 2018
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SSP Rao Anwar. PHOTO: FILE

SSP Rao Anwar. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: The JIT report, submitted in the Naqeebullah murder case, reportedly states that witnesses have yet to identify suspended SSP Rao Anwar as the prime accused in the case, revealed sources close to the investigation.

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Hazrat Ali and Qazim, witnesses who were frisked and kidnapped along with Naqeebullah, have not confirmed that the orders for the murders came from Anwar or his team. The report only explains the manner in which the kidnappings took place and details of the site of the alleged encounter, sources revealed further.

Sources also confirmed that Anwar has not yet assisted the police in apprehending absconding accomplices and the suspended police official may object to the credibility of the call data record. The murder accusation relies heavily on mobile data obtained by investigation officials. Weapons used in the killings have yet to be recovered by officials.

“The investigation might change its course if the weapons are not found,” sources said, adding that the charges against two of Anwar’s accomplices were established on the basis of statements either given by eyewitnesses or police officers arrested in connection with the case.

Current JIT report also makes no mention of other cases pending relating to the death of Naqeebullah Mehsud. With the case now in court, the defence counsel can raise objections over the substance of the brief report, sources said. Digital proof so far obtained is not sufficient to build an iron-clad case.

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The geo-fencing data and the witness statements so far collected do not completely match, giving the defence room to argue in the case, sources reveal. Anwar, also has not cooperated with the investigation team and no progress has been made on the ‘deal’ offered to him.

 

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  • Manzoor Ahmed
    Apr 27, 2018 - 2:27PM

    Rao Anwar was a bahadur bacha shooter in uniform. He was following orders like an obedient dogs does when his masters call. So he just pulled the trigger so he cannot be prime accused. The master for whom he shot should be prime accused and hanged till death then its rao Anwar’s turn.Recommend

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