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Rao Anwar denies fleeing the country, says present in Pakistan

Absconding police official Rao Anwar on Tuesday denied rumours of fleeing the country.
“I have not fled the country, I am in Pakistan,” said the former SSP Malir.
He denied rumours of using property magnate Malik Riaz’s aeroplane, which the latter had also refuted in a video message released earlier today.
“I have not even seen Malik Riaz’s plane [let alone use it], these are all baseless allegations,” he said, adding that he was not hiding in Bilawal House either.
“I have no such terms with Asif Ali Zardari to take asylum at Bilawal House,” Anwar said, adding that the Pakistan Peoples Party [PPP] Co-Chairman had never asked him to carry out any unlawful tasks.
Adding to an earlier denial of owning a house raided today in the federal capital’s F-10 vicinity, the suspended officer claimed to have sold off the property.
“I bought the house raided in Islamabad’s F-10 vicinity today in 1993, after Bahadur Ali’s murder, which I later sold off,” he said. “I did not change my address on my CNIC due to security reasons.”
“The raid conducted [today] was on House-133, Street-43, Sector F-10, which is owned by Waqas Raffat son of Malik Raffat Hussain.”
However, investigation officials have claimed that the house raided today, as per the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) record, is owned by the suspended Malir SSP.
The capital city’s police remained unsuccessful in producing the suspended SSP Malir after a deadline given by the Supreme Court expired today.
The former SSP Malir is wanted by the authorities in connection to the extrajudicial murder of Naqeebullah Mehsud — who along with four alleged terrorists — was killed in an ‘exchange of fire’ with a police team led by Anwar on January 13 in Shah Latif Town, Karachi.
Islamabad police assisted Karachi police, including teams from the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) and Crime Branch (CB) that continue to search for the suspended police official who, according to sources, was present in the federal capital.
The raided premises, House-133, Street-43, F-10/4, does not belong to Rao Anwar and no one was found at the house when the raid was conducted today, said police sources.
Anwar and his police party went into hiding soon after an inquiry committee was formed, following claims of innocence from Naqeebullah’s family.