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Apex court to hear Naqeebullah case today

Apex court to hear Naqeebullah case today

Sindh Inspector General (IG) A.D. Khowaja and other police officers will present their reports on the progress in the Naqeebullah Mehsud murder case on Tuesday in the Supreme Court.

The case will be heard by a three-member bench headed by the Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar at the Islamabad registry.

Home secretaries and advocate generals of all four provinces have been summoned to the court as the prime suspect involved in the extrajudicial killing, the former Malir senior superintendent police (SSP) Rao Anwar, remains at large.

The SC had given ten days for the Sindh police to arrest the accused; however, no breakthrough has been made with regards to his arrest, although some other police officials allegedly involved in the staged encounter have been arrested.

Intelligence agencies are also scheduled to present their reports in the court today.

Editorial: Naqeebullah sit-in had a much greater grievance than bringing Rao Anwar to account

Naqeebullah, a native of South Waziristan residing in Karachi's Sohrab Goth area, was among the four killed in an "encounter" days after allegedly being picked up from a tea stall near the area. Following an uproar over social media, Rao Anwar had insisted all four killed were terrorists.

A high-level police inquiry into the matter, however, outright rejected Anwar's claims and declared Naqeeb innocent..

The demand for the arrest of Naqeeb's killers eventually transformed into a movement for rights of citizens of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), with protest in Islamabad ending with assurances from the prime minister to take up the protesters' demands at relevant forums.

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