KARACHI: Additional Inspector General Counter Terrorism Department Dr Sanaullah Abbasi announced on Tuesday that Naqeebullah Mehsud was innocent, and was killed in a fake encounter, while speaking to participants of a Mehsud Jirga here at Sohrab Goth.

The police officer promised the participants of the Jirga that he will conduct a full inquiry on the case and will take this case to its logical conclusion.

Rao Anwar, the former Malir SSP is facing an inquiry into the extrajudicial murder of Waziristan native Naqeebullah Mehsud.

Mehsud, a 27-year-old native of Waziristan, was among four suspected terrorists killed in an ‘exchange of fire’ with a police team headed by SSP Anwar on January 13 in Shah Latif Town. However, his family later stated that Naqeebullah was innocent and gunned down in a fake encounter.

An inquiry team, headed by Abbasi, was formed to probe the incident. The committee ordered the suspension of Anwar and other officials involved in the incident as well as placement of Anwar’s name on the Exit Control List.

The committee found the 27-year-old innocent. It termed Anwar’s allegations against Naqeebullah baseless. In its report, the committee also stated that there was no proof that Naqeebullah was a terrorist.

Will not appear before committee: Rao Anwar

However, Anwar has announced that he will not appear before the probe team, claiming that he is facing a one-sided inquiry.

Anwar failed to appear before the probe committee and Inspector General Police Sindh AD Khawaja today.

While referring to the probe committee, he said there was no point in going where there was no hope for justice.

Anwar alleged that a malicious campaign against him was being perpetuated and dismissed the allegation that he unlawfully held people under his custody.

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