Rao Anwar Arrested on the Orders of CJP

By Anahita Zurvan

Suspended and absconded Malir SSP, Rao Anwar, in the Naqeebullah Mehsud murder case, appeared in the Supreme Court today, Wednesday 21st March 2018,  after which the apex court ordered his arrest immediately.  Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar, was in the hearing of the suo motu case earlier today but the proceedings were adjourned for a short period in which Anwar appeared in Supreme Court  in a white-coloured Toyota Corolla with a police escort.

Anwar, suspended from his post, has been absconding in the murder case of Mehsud, a 27-year-old native of Waziristan, who, among three others, was killed in a fake police encounter in Karachi on January 13 on Anwar’s orders.

Anwar was wearing a facial mask to hide his identity from media when he stepped out of the  car. Apex court issued the orders right away.

The hearing is under way.

At the last hearing of the case on March 19, the Chief Justice, following a thorough presentation by the concerned authorities, had warned that anyone discovered facilitating Anwar’s run-away from law enforcement agencies would be taken to task.

In the earlier hearings, the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Saqib Nisar, had assured Anwar of its protection and asked him to surrender himself to the court but the police officer opted to bush out in dark.

The court had also received two letters from Anwar showing his security concern seeking an impartial inquiry against him and the other to un-freeze his bank accounts.