KARACHI: Former SSP Malir Rao Anwar has expressed his resolve to sue the US government for slapping sanctions on him for alleged human rights abuses.
In a video statement released here on Wednesday, Rao Anwar denied US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) report which accused him of staging numerous fake police encounters in which individuals were killed by police.
Rao Anwar said the US not only leveled allegations against him, but also against the state of Pakistan, and the US government would have to prove the allegations, or else tender apology.
Defending his actions, Anwar said he killed terrorists, not any innocent person, adding that the episode (of leveling allegations against him) was initiated to distract attention from the issue of Occupied Kashmir.
He said he was a police officer who spent his entire life fighting terrorists, and left his job two years back, adding that if US had anything tangible against him, should prove it instead of leveling allegations.
It may be recalled that the OFAC statement, issued on International Human Rights Day, had spoken of action against 18 individuals located in Burma, Pakistan, Libya, Slovakia, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and South Sudan for their roles in serious human rights abuse, while at the same time, designating six entities for being owned or controlled by one of the aforementioned individuals.
The statement said that during his tenure as the Senior Superintendent of Police in District Malir, Pakistan, Rao Anwar Khan (Anwar) was reportedly responsible for staging numerous fake police encounters in which individuals were killed by police, and was involved in over 190 police encounters that resulted in the deaths of over 400 people, including the murder of Naqeebullah Mehsood.
It says Anwar helped to lead a network of police and criminal thugs that were allegedly responsible for extortion, land grabbing, narcotics, and murder.
Anwar is designated for being responsible for or complicit in, or having directly or indirectly engaged in, serious human rights abuse.
It is pertinent to mention here that during the course of investigation into Naqeebullah Mehsud’s murder case, the Investigation Officer Dr Rizwan Ahmad had made some startling disclosures about developments in the case. He told the judges that the accused (Rao Anwar and others) were ‘highly influential, powerful, callous and cunning’ and if they remained on bail, they would destroy or eliminate all evidences against them.
Sindh government recently surrendered the services of Dr Rizwan to the Establishment division without giving any reason.
It is also pertinent to mention here that during a 2018 TV interview, former President Asif Zardari had declared Rao Anwar as ‘Bahadur Bacha’.
Status of cases pending against Rao Anwar:
Court Reporter Shahid Hussain adds that not a single institution in Pakistan took any effective measure against Rao Anwar till to date. Two years on, and Naqeebullah’s father Muhammad Khan passed away while waiting for justice.
According to Shahid Hussain, the current speed of progress in Rao Anwar’s case indicated that it might take two more years to reach a conclusion.
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