Protest in Karachi as ‘missing’ Pashtun found dead

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  • Moosa Khan, Essa Khan were whisked away by men in plainclothes this week 
  • Family protest the killing, demands recovery of missing brother and probe into killing

KARACHI: Relatives and community members on Friday protested the killing of a Pashtun man who, along with his brother, had been whisked by the men in plainclothes earlier this week.

The body of the 34-year-old man, Moosa Khan, was found near Karachi Superhighway on Thursday, bearing torture marks, according to media reports. He was buried in a local graveyard in Khilji Goth off Superhighway.

The father of the deceased told police that  Moosa and his brother, Essa Khan, were allegedly taken away by men in plainclothes from their home in Gadap Town three days ago.

The police have recorded the statement of the deceased’s father and a First Information Report (FIR) will be lodged over the two brothers’ ‘kidnapping’ and the subsequent murder of Moosa, SHO Khan told a local publication.

Their family had not filed a complaint about the men’s disappearance or kidnapping at Gadap police station. Instead, they had approached a local court over the matter, but Moosa’s body was recovered before the court could take up the petition.

Following Moosa’s burial, relatives along with members of the Aqakhel tribe staged a protest near Toll Plaza and demanded a judicial probe into the killings besides recovery of the missing brother.

The protesting tribesmen warned that if their demands were not fulfilled within the next 24 hours, they would be compelled to block the Superhighway in protest.

Earlier, a Pashtun protest in Islamabad had demanded the probe into the extra-judicial killings of Pashtuns in Karachi after the murder of Naqeebullah Mehsud in a fake encounter by then SSP Rao Anwar.