Naqeebullah murder: Pak cop’s bail plea hearing underway

Karachi: An anti-terrorism court in Karachi on Wednesday resumed hearing of the bail plea of former senior superintendent of police (SSP) of Malir district in Pakistan, Rao Anwar, who is an accused in the extra-judicial killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud.

Anwar, along with 11 of his subordinates has been facing trial before the anti-terrorism court, reported Geo TV.

The court, on June 14 had adjourned the hearing on the former SSP Malir’s bail plea till today (July 4).

During the last hearing, Anwar maintained his innocence in Naqeebullah’s murder, saying that the record was available that he neither caught him nor killed him.

“I have been framed in the wrong case,” the report quoted Anwar, as saying.

Anwar and other officers are in the dock for killing at least four men, during what they claimed was a raid on a suspected Taliban hideout in Karachi.

Relatives of Naqeebullah from South Waziristan tribal district rejected claims of him having militant links and maintained that he was an aspiring model who had been a resident of Karachi since 2008.

They added that Naqeebullah was looking for a job and had been running a shop in the city.

His killing evoked a national outcry in Pakistan and triggered protest rallies in several cities.