KARACHI: An alert for the arrest of 16 suspects was issued to the Federal Interior Ministry and home ministries of all provinces in relation to the Naqeebullah Mehsud murder case, sources said on Thursday.
On January 13, 27-year-old Mehsud along with three others was accused of being a terrorist and murdered by the then Malir SSP, Rao Anwar. Anwar, the so-called ‘encounter specialist’ and his encounter team have since gone into hiding, however, some of the team members were caught and arrested.
The list that contains the names of 16 police officials including that of suspended SSP Malir Rao Anwar has been sent to government institutions including the provincial secretaries, Federal Investigation Authority (FIA), Pakistan Rangers, and Frontier Corps (FC) by Police Additional Inspector General Dr Aftab Pathan.
Additionally, the police chiefs of Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan (GB), and all other provinces were sent a letter to solicit help in arresting the absconding policeman. “The letter requested the FIA to add the names of all of the suspects to the Exit Control List (ECL),” said sources.
The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday had issued a contempt of court notice to suspended Rao Anwar over his failure to show up in court and directed the State Bank of Pakistan to seize all his bank accounts.
The apex court had revoked the absconding cop’s protective bail, issued on its behest on February 13, and ordered the ISI, MI and IB to assist in capturing Anwar and submit a report within 15 days.