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SC wraps up Naqeebullah case, directs JIT to expeditiously conclude investigations.

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday wrapping up the suo motu proceedings of the Naqeebullah murder case released its detailed judgment after the appearance and arrest of primary accused, suspended Malir SSP Rao Anwar anddirected the newly-formed joint investigation team (JIT) to work free of media reports and expeditiously conclude its investigation.In its four-page order, the apex court ruled, "We are sanguine that the investigation by the JIT will be conducted fairly, transparently and independently without being influenced by any proceedings/orders passed by this court in the past or by the adverse media coverage.

The investigation shall be concluded expeditiously".The JIT, headed by Additional Inspector-General Sindh (IG) Aftab Ahmed Pathan, includes Additional IG Special Branch Waliullah Dal, Deputy Inspector-General (DIG) Azad Ahmed Khan, DIG East Zulfiqar Larik and SSP Central Dr Rizwan.

"We also direct the elders of the Mehsud family, some of whom are present, not to directly or indirectly threaten or cause harm to the life of Rao Anwar in any matter," the order said.The IG Sindh or whosoever succeeds him shall take all necessary steps and will be directly responsible to protect Anwar during the period of his custody with the police," the order added.

Moreover, the court ruled that Anwar shall remain on the Exit Control List until further orders.Earlier, suspended Malir SSP Rao Anwar, who had been absconding in the Naqeebullah Mehsud's extra-judicial murder case for a month, on Wednesday appeared before the Supreme Court (SC) after the court, at the last hearing, gave the suspended cop another chance to surrender himself and warned those facilitating Anwar of repercussions.

Anwar was wanted 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, reportedly carried out on Anwar's orders.Appearing before the bench, Anwar's counsel sought protective bail from the court but the chief justice dismissed the plea and gave orders for his arrest.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar expressed dismay at Anwar's continuous absence despite repeated summons by the apex court. 3

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Publication:Pakistan Today (Lahore, Pakistan)
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Date:Mar 22, 2018
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