ISLAMABAD: Former Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Malir Rao Anwar has failed to appear before the Supreme Court of Pakistan despite being granted protective bail in Naqeebullah Mehsood case.
There was no sign of Rao Anwar on Friday morning as the Supreme Court began hearing the Naqeebullah Mehsud extra-judicial killing case. The court, police and family of Naqeebullah Mehsood were hoping the fugitive officer would turn up today after the court orders.
Earlier Supreme Court of Pakistan granted protective bail of suspended SSP Malir Rao Anwar after he pleaded guilty in a letter written to Chief Justice Saqib Nisar.
Rao Anwar claimed that he was not even at the site of ‘fake encounter. A large number of security personnel were deployed outside the Supreme Court ahead of the hearing.
Sindh Police Inspector General Police AD Khowaja and other senior officials were in Islamabad to attend the hearing. The case was being heard by a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar. Sindh
IG AD Khawaja appeared before the court and informed the bench that Anwar has not appeared today. Justice Nisar remarked that suspended Malir SSP Rao Anwar has lost a big opportunity by not to appear in court today.
The chief justice said that they will wait for a while before the proceedings started. Justice Nisar had asked Khawaja how the court should proceed in the light of this letter. IGP Sindh acknowledged that Rao Anwar should be given chance to defend himself.
The chief justice had reprimanded A. D. Khowaja for failing to produce Anwar in court. Each and every time, we provide you time for the arrest of Anwar but it seems that we the court ourselves have to arrest him,” the Chief Justice Pakistan had said, The court has issued contempt of court notice and ordered to freeze Anwar,s bank accounts.