Police raid Rao Anwar’s Islamabad residence as suspect remains at large

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After Supreme Court’s deadline to arrest former SSP Malir Rao Anwar, wanted in Naqeebullah murder case, ended on Tuesday, Police raided his Islamabad residence but no arrests were made.

According to Islamabad police, Anwar’s residence in F-10/4 was raided by a Karachi police team, which had registered its arrival to the city with Shalimar police station on Monday.

A ‘wanted’ poster seeking information about whereabouts of the absconding police officer has also been pasted outside the house.

Meanwhile, a man who allegedly announced a Rs5 million head money for Anwar on Facebook was remanded into police custody for two days to be transferred from Rawalpindi to Karachi. The remand was granted by anti-terrorism court (ATC) Judge Sulaiman Baig.

No accused more powerful than law

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said an inquiry committee was constituted in Naqeebullah case which gave its report within 48 hours and following its recommendations the action has been taken in true letter and spirit.

He was speaking to media in Karachi after the launch of European Union-assisted Programme for Improved Nutrition in Sindh.

Responding to a question, the chief minister said that he doesn’t know where Rao Anwar is hiding, but “I know that no accused is more powerful than the law”.

He added that the police were working hard to arrest Anwar, and all other provincial governments and agencies have been requested to help.

Naqeebullah, a 27-year-old hailing from South Waziristan, was among four men killed in an alleged encounter with a police team headed by Anwar in the Usman Khaskheli Goth on the outskirts of Karachi.

Anwar had insisted at the time that Naqeebullah was a militant affiliated with the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). But an inquiry committee on the issue later ruled that the encounter was staged.

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