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Naqeebullah’s Father Is Facing Death Threats. ATC Orders Police To Ensure Security

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) has ordered the police to provide security to Naqeebullah Mehsud’s father who is reportedly not appearing in hearings of the case due to threats to his life.

Naqeebullah’s father is a complainant in the murder case of his son Naqeebullah, who was killed in a fake encounter by former Malir SSP Rao Anwar in January 2018. The ATC-II judge was set to record the statements of Muhammad Khan, but the latter did not show up.

His counsel Salahuddin Ahmed moved an application in court stating that his client was not able to appear before the court to record his statement due to serious threats and mental torture by the companions/sources of accused persons. It was further said in the application that Muhammad Khan had previously disclosed his grievances before the courts too.

However, no serious efforts were made for the provision of adequate security to them till date, the applicant stated.

Advocate Panhwar requested the judge to adjourn the hearing of the case till the next date with a direction to the IGP to ensure adequate security to him, the complainant and witnesses in the interest of justice.

An anti-terrorism court in Karachi in March indicted former Malir SSP Rao Anwar and other suspects in the Naqeebullah Mehsud murder case.

During the hearing in March, the court summoned the witnesses in the case on the next hearing, which has been set for April 11.

Naqeebullah was killed on January 13, 2018. Thirteen police officials have been arrested in the case while five, including Anwar, are on bail.

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