The suspended SSP of Malir, Rao Anwar was presented before the anti-terrorism court on Thursday for filing a false case against Naqeebullah Mehsed, who was killed in an alleged fake encounter in Karachi in January this year.

During the hearing, the judge presiding over the case was told that Anwar and other policemen had filed false FIRs against four people, including Naqeebullah. The judge ordered the suspended SSP to be remanded into police custody till April 21.

After the hearing, Anwar made a brief appearance in which he told reporters that he had recorded his statement with the joint investigation team which has been formed to probe the case. The former SSP was earlier sent into police remand for a month in the Naqeebullah murder case following his arrest on March 21.

Anwar was arrested from outside the Supreme Court after he appeared there following his weeks of absconding. Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar resumed hearing of the suo moto case of the murder after Anwar’s appearance.

At the hearing, Anwar’s counsel sought protective bail from the court but the chief justice dismissed the plea and gave orders for his arrest.

Chief Justice Nisar expressed dismay at Anwar’s continuous failure to appear before the bench despite repeated summons and safety guarantees by the apex court.

He also ordered the formation of a joint investigation team headed by Additional IG Aftab Pathan and comprising four senior officers of the provincial police to probe the case.

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