Naqeebullah was picked up from Sohrab Goth on Jan 3, claims inquiry report

Naqeebullah was picked up from Sohrab Goth on Jan 3, claims inquiry report

KARACHI: The inquiry committee investigating the Naqeebullah Mehsud murder case, submitted on Friday its report to the Supreme Court (SC), which is due to hear the suo motu case at its Karachi Registry on Saturday.
According to the 15-page inquiry committee, Naqeebullah was picked up from Sohrab Goth on January 3 along with two other people.
Additional IG Sanaullah Abbasi says that the other two people, who were picked up along with Mehsud, were later released after giving bribes. He said that their statements have been recorded and are now a part of the investigation.
The report stated that there was no evidence of a fire exchange with the victims (alleged terrorists), however, 26 casings of sub-machine guns in use by the police were recovered from the site.
The report also states that all the police officials who were involved in the ‘encounter’ are now in hiding.
Naqeebullah, a 27-year-old belonging to South Waziristan, 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.
At that time, Anwar had alleged that the slain suspects were involved in several high-profile terror cases and had ties with terrorist outfits Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and the militant Islamic State (IS). However, Naqeebullah had not been specifically named.
Acquaintances and relatives Naqeebullah disputed the police claim that the deceased was a militant affiliated with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
However, a relative of Naqeebullah, whose national identity card bears the name Naseemullah, claimed that the deceased was, in fact, a shop owner fond of modelling.
On January 13, the committee formed to probe the killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud in a “fake encounter” had termed Rao Anwar’s allegations against the 27-year-old “baseless” and suggested the senior police official be put on the Exit Control List (ECL).
Following the submission of enquiry committee’s initial report, Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) AD Khowaja suspended Rao Anwar from his post.

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