Naqeebullah case: Eyewitness identifies three Policemen

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Karachi (Web Desk): Three policemen allegedly involved in the extrajudicial killing of Waziristan resident Naqeebullah Mehsud were identified by eyewitnesses in court on Wednesday.

Judicial Magistrate (Malir) conducted the identification parade. The suspects were lined up among dummies and the magistrate asked the witnesses – Hazrat Ali and Qasim – to identify the suspects.

Both witnesses were arrested by the former Malir senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rao Anwar who is currently absconding along with Naqeebullah and two of his friends.

However, they were both released on January 6 after reportedly bribing the cops, while Naqeebullah and three others were killed in a staged encounter on January 13.

The witnesses told the court that Allahyar had arrived in plainclothes at the hotel they were arrested from and was a part of the police party that apprehended them.

Allahyar rejected their claims, however, claiming that the witnesses’ statements were “not correct”. The court asked him if had objections over being paraded for identification to which he replied in the negative.

Islamabad Police on Tuesday raided a house in F10 vicinity of the nation’s capital to arrest Rao Anwar, who headed the alleged encounter, but were unable to find him.

The former Senior Superintendent Police (SSP), later the day, said via a whatsapp message that he did not own the property raided by the police.

Naqeebullah, 27, hailing from South Waziristan and residing in Karachi since 2008, was allegedly apprehended by police in Karachi on January 2, 2018, and was killed on January 17 in a controversial encounter besides three other suspects by a police team headed by (SSP) Rao Anwar in the Usman Khaskheli Goth on the outskirts of Karachi.

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