Sindh

Rao Anwar using baseless allegations to evade law: IG AD Khawaja

IG Sindh AD Khawaja, while responding to Rao Anwar’s allegations, Thursday said the suspended SSP Malir is using baseless allegations to evade the law.
Khawaja said he never gave orders for extrajudicial killings, nor has this been the policy of the Sindh Police.
“My character and career is like an open book,” the IG Sindh said, adding that everyone is aware of what is true and what is false.
He asked Anwar to refrain from speaking lies and surrender himself, and appear before the joint investigation team.
Anwar earlier alleged that encounters had been a policy of the Sindh IG, which he followed. The suspended official said this in connection with Naqeebullah killing case.
Anwar said the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD), crimes branch and local police “also” carry out fake encounters, apparently referring to the claims slamming him for such encounters.
However, Anwar added, if he would be charged then higher officials of the police department would also be questioned as it was their orders that he worked on. According to the suspended SSP, police high-ups should also be booked under Section 109 of the Pakistan Penal Code.
Section 109 of the PPC refers to punishment of abetment i.e. the person helping another in committing a crime shall also be penalised for the offence.
Anwar said If he has hatched a conspiracy then other police officials will be a part of it.
However, he said, it was wrong that houses of policemen were being raided following killing of Naqeebullah. Anwar added if the series of raids did not stop he would file a case of robbery against everyone, including the IGP.
About Naqeebullah killing case, Anwar said he would have cooperated with the police department had they talked to him properly on the issue, as he also wanted to know who was at fault. “[But] case of terrorism has been filed against a person [himself] on the hit list of terrorists.”
While reiterating his demand for the formation of a Joint Investigation Team on the case, Anwar said he would only appear before the team and would not let himself get arrested as he did not do anything wrong.
Earlier in the day, Anwar demanded a JIT be formed with members of intelligence agencies in it, to prove Naqeebullah killing case. The suspended SSP expressed reservations against the police enquiry committee headed by CTD Additional Inspector General Dr Sanaullah Abbasi.
In a statement issued to the media earlier on Thursday, Anwar called the case filed against him ‘baseless’, adding that a few police officers held a grudge against him and were misdirecting the family of late Naqeebullah.