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Rao Anwar appears before ATC in Naqeebullah encounter case

Rao Anwar appears before ATC in Naqeebullah encounter case

KARACHI: Former SSP Malir Rao Anwar on Saturday appeared before the anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Karachi along with other suspects in Naqeebullah encounter case.

The hearing of the case is ongoing in the court behind closed doors. Strict security arrangements have been made for the occasion.

At least 11 suspects including DSP Qamar Ahmed Sheikh, Allah Yar, Iqbal and Arshad were produced before the court however; Rao Anwar again appeared without any handcuffs.

During the proceedings, DSP Qamar submitted his bail plea in the court.

In the last hearing, a witness in the case retracted from his statement against the former SSP in his affidavit submitted in ATC.

Shehzada Jahangir maintained that he has no connection with the encounter while the police recorded his statement after torture.

Naqeebullah’s lawyer Salahuddin opposed the move to declare Malir Cantt barack as sub-jail for Anwar. He adopted stance that the action seems to be fraud as the order was given on telephone.

“There should have been a written order for the sub-jail,” he said. Rao Anwar’s lawyer however; urged that instead of raising objections, the law should be reviewed.

A challan of fake encounter against the former SSP was also presented before the court which showed Anwar and DSP Qamar Shaikh in custody.

The challan went on to say that fake encounter has been proved during interrogation from the suspects. The names of 28 witnesses have been listed in the challan including the case’s plaintiff and SSP central Dr Rizwan.

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