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Rao Anwar’s arrest: Sindh IG to submit progress report in SC today

Sindh Inspector General of Police AD Khawaja is expected to submit today a progress report over the hunt for wanted police officer SSP Rao Anwar.
Anwar has been absconding in the murder case of Naqeebullah Mehsud, a 27-year-old native of Waziristan, who was among three others killed in an extra-judicial encounter on January 13 on Anwar’s orders.
At the last hearing of the case in Karachi on March 16, the Sindh police chief had informed Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar that he needs more time to trace Anwar.
After the chief justice asked how much time the Sindh Police require, Khawaja claimed that substantial progress will be made in the next two to three days. Chief Justice Nisar then directed Khawaja to submit a progress report in court at the next hearing on Monday (today).
Speaking to the media, Khawaja had said he has not found any evidence to suggest that Anwar has left the country.At an earlier hearing last Wednesday in Islamabad, the Supreme Court revealed that Anwar reportedly sent another letter seeking to unfreeze his bank accounts. On February 13, the court had revealed Rao’s first letter claiming innocence and seeking an impartial inquiry.
A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Nisar, had taken suo motu notice of the case after protests erupted against Karachi’s ‘notorious cop’.
Several of Anwar’s associates in the police have been arrested in Karachi but the former Malir SSP has been evading authorities since late January.