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Rao Anwar Granted Protective Bail by SC

Headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Mian Saqib Nisar, a three-judge supreme court bench on Tuesday settled for a protective bail for former SSP, Rao Anwar, until February 16.

The three-judge bench was prompted to ordered Anwar’s protective bail based on Anwar’s letter denying all allegations of a fake encounter of Naqeebullah Mehsud, a tribal youth of Mehsuds. According to the letter presented to the court by Anwar’s representative, “Anwar was not present on the crime scene of Mehsud’s murder which determined that he was not the culprit.

Moreover, Anwar confirmed that “he would present himself before the court if the orders of his arrest are reverted, and a JIT is constituted to probe the matter independently”.

Anwar is ordered to appear before the court on February 16, Friday. Both police officials of Sindh and Islamabad were directed to take the due security measures prior to his appearance in front of the court.

Considering the directives of the Anwar’s suggestions in his letter, SC has also ordered to form a new Joint Investigation Committee (JIT) encompassing civil and military officials, including the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

Anwar asserted in that letter that he had been framed in Mehsud’s case.

In the previous week, Sindh police’s absconding officer, Rao Anwar, was suspected in another fake encounter – comparable to the one in which Naqeebullah was killed in Karachi last month.

Junaid Abro, 25, was also allegedely killed by the encounter specialist former SSP, Anwar Rao, and his team in a fake encounter in December 2017, as claimed by the victim’s family in Karachi.

Worth mentioning here that Anwar and several members of his team have been at large since the commencement of judicial probe in Mehsud’s case.