Pakistan

KARACHI- On January 12, a police encounter took place in Shah Latif Town of Karachi under the supervision of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Malir Rao Anwar. During this shoot-out, four alleged members of banned outfit Tahreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were killed. Amongst these four alleged terrorists was 27-years-old Naseemullah, alias Naqeeb Mehsud.

The relatives of the deceased have claimed that he was abducted by plain-clothed officials from Gul Sher Agha Hotel in Sohrab Goth on January 3 and then murdered in an extrajudicial encounter.

According to Noor Rehman Mehsud, Naqib’s cousin, the family went to Sohrab Goth police station to register a complaint against his kidnapping, but the police refused to register an FIR. “We only recognized Naqib after police had released the pictures of suspects,” he further added.

Noor said that they went to Sohrab Goth Edhi Center to verify the media reports. Despite the verification by the center’s officials, the police only gave the certificate to collect the body after four days.

Everything you need to know about Naseemullah alias Naqeeb Mehsud

Claims by the Police

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rao Anwaar, who supervised the encounter, has rejected the family’s claim that Naseem was abducted before he was shot dead in an encounter.

According to private media outlet The News, Rao Anwaar shared a confidential document with them that claims Naseem alias Naqeeb was a former Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)  for Makeen in South Waziristan.

National Identity Card of Naseemullah alias Naqeeb Mehsud

Naqeeb was involved in martyring a junior commissioned officer Muhammad Alam of Pakistan Army in 2007, and was also involved in the Dera Ismail Khan jailbreak in 2013, Anwaar told The News. He added that he had also killed his cousin Aijaz Mehsud in 2009 after he became suspicious of him for spying for the army.

The SSP also told the media outlet that Naqeeb had served as a gunman for a top TTP leader Baitullah Mehsud from 2004 to 2009 and was motivated by his brother-in-law Sher Dawood Mehsud to join the terrorist group. According to the officer’s account, the dead was trained by the TTP’s Ustad Ali.

Social media reactions

After the news emerged of Naqeeb’s death, a large number of people started posting condolences on social media. Many social media users have accused SSP Anwar of staging fake encounters for personal benefits.

Gibran Peshimam, another social media user, has shared, “Tales of police extorting Pashtun families who move to Karachi to live a better and safer life have been rampant the last few years. Pay up, or you’re Taliban.
One officer is particularly notorious.
The case of #NaqeebMehsud cries for justice – for him and those before him.”

Another Twitter user, Suleman Khan, has asked CJP to take suo moto action.

People from all the fields of life are asking for a judicial inquiry.

Jalal Khan, a PTI worker, condemned the killing in a tweet.

Social activist Jibran Nasir has led a massive protest against Naqeeb’s extrajudicial killing.

Bilawal orders inquiry into extrajudicial killing

After the social media uproar against the ‘extrajudicial encounter’ of Naqeeb, Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has ordered an inquiry into the case as more details pointing towards mysterious circumstances emerge.

In a tweet, the PPP chairman shared that he had asked Sohail Anwar Siyal, Sindh’s Home Minister, to conduct an inquiry.

Sindh’s Home Minister takes notice

Upon Bilawal’s direction, Sindh’s Home Miniter Sohail Anwar Siyal has appointed DIG Police South Zone, Karachi, to conduct an inquiry into the matter and to submit findings within 15 days.

IGP Sindh forms a committee to probe killing

Inspector General Police (IGP) Sindh, AD Khawaja has ordered the formation of a three-member committee to probe Naqeeb’s extrajudicial killing.

The committee consists of Mr Sanaullah Abbasi, Addl: IGP CTD Sindh, Mr Sultan Ali Khowaja, DIGP East Zone, Karachi and Mr Azad Khan, DIGP South Zone, Karachi. Mr Sanaullah will chair the committee.

Resolution submitted in Sindh Assembly

A resolution has been submitted to Sindh Assembly by MPA Khurram Sher Zaman.

“I will be a raising voice for Naqeeb in today’s Sindh Assembly session,” the MPA shared earlier, claiming that encounter specialist Rao Anwar was the one who shot and ultimately killed Naqeeb.

“I couldn’t sleep all night because I couldn’t get Naqeeb out of my mind. It’s really sad to see how our law enforcement agencies treat citizens. These fake encounters must end. We demand justice for Naqeeb,” he added.

PTI’s MNA has asked for judicial inquiry

PTI’s MNA Muraad Saeed has written a letter to CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah requesting for a judicial inquiry into the matter.

This news story is developing and will be updated.