Karachi (April 05, 2018): Former Malir SSP Rao Anwar on Wednesday moved the top court against the Supreme Court directed constitution of a new JIT to probe the Naqeebullah Mehsud ‘encounter’ case.
The review petition, filed by Chaudry Akhtar Ali on behalf of Anwar, seeks the removal of Sindh AIG Aftab Pathan as the JIT head and requests the inclusion of intelligence officials in the team.
Anwar claimed the top court has appointed the “same officer who had earlier supervised investigation and rendered opinion” in the case. The former SSP also accused Sindh Police of ‘twisting’ facts.On March 21, a three-judge bench headed by CJP Saqib Nisar had ordered the constitution of a five-member JIT team presided over by Sindh AIG Aftab Pathan and comprising of Zulfiqar Larak, Azad Ahmed Khan and Waliullah.
The bench had also dismissed a request made by Anwar’s counsel to include intelligence agency officials in the JIT. Informing him that the court shall constitute its own JIT, it directed the team to work independently.Till date, investigators have failed to corroborate charges against Anwar. The former SSP has recorded a statement in his defence where he blamed subordinates for staging a fake encounter. The team has reportedly been questioning Anwar on the whereabouts of his team members.