Naqeebullah Mehsud’s murder was extrajudicial, ATC dismisses cases

KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) dismissed five cases against Naqeebullah Mehsud and others in light of the report submitted by the committee probing the murder case. 

Police had filed cases of terrorism, possession of weapons and other charges. 

Naqeebullah Mehsud an aspiring model was among four people killed in a fake police encounter in Karachi in January 2018. Former Senior Superintended Police (SSP) Rao Anwar is accused of being involved in the killing of Naqeebullah.

In its report submitted to the ATC, the inquiry committee termed the murder of Naqeebullah, Nazir Jan, Sabir and Ishaq extra-judicial killing. The report states that Naqeebullah and others were labelled terrorists and killed in a deserted area. The inquiry committee visited the scene of the crime and did not find any bullet holes nor exploded hand grenades.

The report states that in light of the evidence and crime scene, the encounter was fake and fabricated. It adds that weapons and bullets were placed in the room after the murders took place and Rao Anwar and his aides were present.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court rejected a petition filed by Roa Anwar for removing his name from the Exit Control List (ECL). The former SSP along with 11 of his subordinates is facing trial before an anti-terrorism court for the murder of Mehsud and others.