No political patronage to Rao Anwar: Khursheed Shah

ISLAMABAD (Sarzameen News)- Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Shah, on Monday claimed that PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari was not patronising Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Malir Rao Anwar.

As the demand to hold SSP Rao Anwar accountable for his alleged fake encounters gathers steam, PPP leader Syed Khursheed Shah came forward and rejected claims that former President Asif Ali Zardari was patronising the suspended cop.

“I want to state categorically that Asif Ali Zardari is not supporting or patronising Rao Anwar,” he said. “An innocent person (Naqeeb) has been martyred and justice should be dispensed in the case,” he added in a statement Monday.

Extending condolences with the bereaved family of Naqeebullah, Shah urged authorities to ensure justice to the family.

Khursheed Shah hoped that a judicial inquiry into the matter would be held and that a judge from the apex court or high court would head it.

Naseemullah better known as Naqeebullah Mehsud was a 27-year-old from South Waziristan, who was killed in an alleged police encounter in Karachi.

SSP Malir Rao Anwar had claimed that Naqeeb was killed in an encounter with the police. According to him, he was a terrorist who was involved in several murders. Moreover, he had ties with deadly terror outfits such as Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and the self-styled Islamic State (IS).

He also claimed Naqeebullah was affiliated with the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and was living in Karachi’s Sohrab Goth area using a fake name. On the other hand, his Facebook profile and friends depict an entirely different picture.

Naqeeb’s presence on Facebook is under the name “Naqib Maseed”, with “Veer” as his nickname. As per his details available on the profile, he studied at Gomal University, Dera Ismail Khan. He has listen Dera Ismail Khan as his hometown. In the Favorite Quotes category, he has mentioned: “What is Love.

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