Police in the federal capital on Tuesday raided a house in search of suspended SSP Malir Rao Anwar in the city's F-10 vicinity but remained unsuccessful in producing the absconder after a deadline given by the Supreme Court expired today, informed police sources.
ISLAMABAD,(Pakistan Point News - 30th Jan, 2018) : Police in the Federal capital on Tuesday raided a house in search of suspended SSP Malir Rao Anwar in the city's F-10 vicinity but remained unsuccessful in producing the absconder after a deadline given by the Supreme Court expired today, informed police sources. The former SSP Malir is wanted by the authorities in connection to the extrajudicial murder of Naqeebullah Mehsud — who along with four alleged terrorists — was killed in an ‘exchange of fire’ with a police team led by Anwar on January 13 in Shah Latif Town, Karachi.
Islamabad police assisted Karachi police including teams from the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) and Crime Branch (CB) that continue to search for the suspended police official who, according to sources, was present in the federal capital. The raided premises, House-133, Street-43, F-10/4, does not belong to Rao Anwar and no one was found at the house when the raid was conducted today, said police sources. Anwar and the raiding police party officials went into hiding soon after an inquiry committee was formed, following claims of innocence from Naqeebullah's family.
An FIR was registered against the suspended SSP and his associates, owing to their no-show and alleged involvement in the case. The committee, headed by Counter-Terrorism Department Additional IG Sanaullah Abbasi, submitted its report on the case to the Supreme Court on Friday, which stated that Naqeebullah was killed in a 'fake encounter' with the police. Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sindh AD Khawaja Sunday wrote a letter to intelligence agencies, seeking their help in arresting Anwar.
The Sindh IGP has requested the intelligence agencies to provide technical and intelligence assistance. The letter for assistance reads that Anwar reached Islamabad through a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight on the morning of January 20 and attempted to flee to Dubai on January 23, but was barred from doing so by immigration officials. Speaking to the media outside the Supreme Court on Saturday, after the apex court's 72-hour deadline, IG Khawaja had said: “I think that he [Rao Anwar] should face the court.
The court will listen to his legal arguments.” Responding to a question about the court's deadline, Khawaja remarked: “We will try our best to arrest him.” An analysis of cellular data has confirmed Anwar was present at the scene of the ‘police encounter’ where Mehsud was killed along with three others. A technical analysis of Call Detail Records (CDRs) of the cell numbers in use of Anwar and his eight associates shows that the police officials were present at the scene of the encounter, an investigative report on the incident revealed on Saturday. Among Anwar’s associates present at the scene were ASI Khair Muhammad, SI Muhammad Anar, ASI Gada Hussain, SI Amanullah Marwat, SI Shoaib, HC Faisal Mehmood, HC Mohsin Abbass and PC Raja Shamim, the report stated.