444 peo­ple killed in en­coun­ters un­der Rao An­war, claims re­port

The Miracle - - Pakistan Special - Source:tri­bune.com.pk

SSP Rao An­war staged fake en­counter: in­quiry KARACHI: A three-man in­quiry com­mit­tee formed to probe the killing of Naseemul­lah Mehsud alias Naqee­bul­lah Mehsud in Karachi has found that for­mer SSP Rao An­war staged a fake en­counter to elim­i­nate the young man. The in­quiry team was headed by Ad­di­tional In­spec­tor Gen­eral Po­lice Counter-Ter­ror­ism Depart­ment (AIG CTD) Sanaullah Ab­basi and in­cluded Di­rec­tor In­spec­tor Gen­eral Po­lice (DIGP) East Zone Sul­tan Ali Khawaja and Di­rec­tor In­spec­tor Gen­eral Po­lice (DIGP) South Zone Azad Khan. The team, cit­ing eye­wit­ness ac­counts, said Naqee­bul­lah was ‘picked up’ along with two other sus­pects – Hazrat Ali and Qasim – on Jan­uary 3 by se­cu­rity per­son­nel in civvies and taken to the Sachal Po­lice Post be­fore be­ing moved to an­other lo­ca­tion.

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They were il­le­gally de­tained and tor­tured un­til Jan­uary 6 when the eye­wit­nesses were re­leased while Naqee­bul­lah re­mained in cus­tody. The eye­wit­nesses told the in­quiry panel that they came to know of Naqee­bul­lah’s death in an ‘en­counter’ from me­dia re­ports on Jan­uary 17, as did his fam­ily. The lat­ter chal­lenged the claims made by SSP Rao An­war that Naqee­bul­lah was a ‘ter­ror­ist’. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, a copy of which is avail­able with The Ex­press Tri­bune, the com­mit­tee found no ev­i­dence of Naqee­bul­lah’s hand in any ter­ror ac­tiv­i­ties. “His so­cial me­dia pro­file shows him as a lib­eral and fun-lov­ing young man with a pen­chant for mod­el­ling,” the re­port added.

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The re­port con­cluded that con­sid­er­ing the sus­pect was moved from dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions un­til be­ing killed on Jan­uary 13, the en­coun- ter is prima fa­cie fake. The com­mit­tee also pointed out that sus­pended SSP Rao An­war per­sis­tently avoided at­tend­ing the in­quiry pro­ceed­ings. De­spite be­ing con­tacted through mo­bile phone and wire­less con­trols, he “de­lib­er­ately avoided join­ing the in­quiry pro­ceed­ings”. On Jan 22, An­war was called for a meet­ing with the Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Hu­man Rights (NCHR), which was on a fact-find­ing visit on the in­struc­tions of Na­tional As­sem­bly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq at the Cen­tral Po­lice Of­fice but he “stayed away” from the meet­ing. Where the for­mer SPP con­sis­tently failed to show up in in­ves­ti­ga­tion meet­ings, he re­mained in touch with the me­dia. “He con­stantly ap­peared on the me­dia for in­ter­views,” the re­port said. “He kept on in­ter­act­ing with the me­dia, giv­ing an im­pres­sion that he was not called by the com­mit­tee.”

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“He showed ex­treme in­dis­ci­pline and dis­obeyed the law­ful com­mands by of­fi­cials,” the re­port added. The com­mit­tee ob­served that Rao An­war was “con­stantly try­ing to ham­per and ob­struct the process of jus­tice”. They also men­tioned his at­tempt to flee the coun­try from the Be­nazir Bhutto In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Is­lam­abad on forged doc­u­ments, know­ing that he was be­ing “in­ves­ti­gated for se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions and is bound by law to join the pro­ceed­ings”. In its rec­om­men­da­tions, the body has asked for pro­tec­tion for the wit­nesses, as it stated that both Ali and Qasim were re­luc­tant to ap­pear dur­ing the in­quiry as they feared for their lives. They were con­vinced by the Mehsud com­mu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in the in­ves­ti­ga­tions. The in­quiry found through the call de­tail record (CDRs) analysis that An­war and his close aides – namely SIP Mar­wat, SIP Shoaib, SIP Muham­mad Anar, ASI Khair Muham­mad, ASI Hus­sain, HC Faisal Mehmood, HC Ab­bass and PC Shamim – were present on the scene of the al­leged en­counter or in its vicin­ity.

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The com­mit­tee has fur­ther rec­om­mended that as an FIR has been reg­is­tered against for­mer SSP Rao An­war and his team and con­sid­er­ing the im­por­tance of the mat­ter, “the in­ves­ti­ga­tion may be car­ried out by an­other team headed by an of­fi­cer of the rank of AIGP”. In an­other re­port, the NCHR painted a bleak pic­ture of the law and or­der sit­u­a­tion in Karachi, blam­ing po­lice for the wors­en­ing sit­u­a­tion. “From the record shown, it be­came ev­i­dent to the in­quiry team that Rao An­war has been in­volved in 192 en­coun­ters in which 444 peo­ple were killed,” it said. “Keep­ing in view cir­cum­stan­tial ev­i­dence and its analysis, the NCHR In­quiry Team is of the opin­ion that the case is that of an ex­tra­ju­di­cial killing, rather than a po­lice en­counter as claimed by the po­lice party in­volved.” Mean­while, the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors prob­ing the fake en­counter of Naseemul­lah so far didn’t find any crim­i­nal record of other three sus­pected mil­i­tants killed in the shootout along with Naseemul­lah. The Sindh po­lice through a com­mu­niqué had ap­proached the pro­vin­cial po­lice chiefs of the coun­try and asked them to check and share crim­i­nal records of the sus­pects. How­ever, sources privy to the mat­ter said that their crim­i­nal records were not found from any prov­ince so far. Muham­mad Yousuf, the brother of Maulvi Ishaq, one of the sus­pected mil­i­tants killed by the po­lice along with Naseemul­lah told the me­dia that hail­ing from Ba­hawalpur, Ishaq used to teach at a re­li­gious sem­i­nary. The third sus­pected mil­i­tant killed in the en­counter was Nazar Muham­mad. His real name was Muham­mad Sabi, he said, adding that Sabir was the nephew of Ishaq. He said that Ishaq and Nazar were ab­ducted by plain­clothes per­son­nel from their home­town along with six oth­ers in Novem­ber 2016. Later, six oth­ers were re­leased after at least eight months while Ishaq and Sabir re­mained in cus­tody. He claimed that there is no crim­i­nal record of both the peo­ple in any part of the coun­try. Also, air­port en­try passes of over one dozen po­lice of­fi­cers and per­son­nel have also been can­celled. The of­fi­cers whose en­try passes have re­port­edly been can­celled are: for­mer Malir SP Dr Na­jeeb and for­mer Sohrab Goth SP Chaudhry Sai­ful­lah.

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