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Bilawal orders inquiry into “staged encounter” of Naqib

SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 18, 2018 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
Posted: Jan 18, 2018 | Last Updated: 4 years ago

KARACHI: A young man identified as 27-year-old Naqibullah Mehsud was killed in an allegedly staged encounter in Karachi. Taking notice of the outcry on social media against his alleged extrajudicial killing, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari ordered an inquiry into the matter.

Bilawal tweeted on Thursday that he has asked Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal to conduct an inquiry into the case.

Video: Was the man killed in Rao Anwar’s encounter a terrorist?

A number of people have been tweeting under the hashtag #JusticeForNaqib. According to them, acquaintances and relatives of the man say he was killed in a "staged encounter" by police in Karachi last week.

Naqib hailed from South Waziristan. Friends and family dispute the police claim that the deceased was a militant affiliated with the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). He was among four suspects allegedly killed in an 'encounter' with a police team led by SSP Malir Rao Anwar in the Usman Khaskheli Goth. The Malir SSP had claimed that the suspects killed in the encounter had ties with terror outfits Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Islamic State, and were involved in high-profile terror cases. Naqib had not been mentioned by name at that time.

According to a report published in Dawn, a relative of Naqib disputed SSP Anwar's claim that the youth was a former commander of the TTP in South Waziristan's Makeen tehsil. He maintained that the deceased was, in fact, a shop owner interested in modelling. The relative shared several photos of Naqib to show how the deceased was fond of modelling. A Facebook page said to be Naqib's personal profile contains several public photos that appear to have been taken for a modelling photo shoot. His name is spelt Naqib Maseed on the page and a second name, 'Veer', appears in parentheses.

The relative, requesting anonymity, told the English newspaper that Naqib was taken away by men in plain clothes from his clothing shop in Sohrab Goth earlier this month. He said the deceased had previously worked at a petrol pump at Hub Chowki in Balochistan and "had no association with any militant outfit". According to him, the family had approached the Chhipa Welfare Association on Wednesday, where they were handed over Naqib body.

Meanwhile, SSP Anwar maintains that Naqib was involved in major acts of terrorism and was residing in an apartment on Abul Hassan Ispahani Road. In an effort to support his claims, the SSP has also issued a document detailing Naqib's path to militancy.

According to the police officer, the deceased was born on January 1, 1991, in a village of South Waziristan's Makeen tehsil and received religious education from a madrassah.

Naqib was also associated with TTP commander Sanaullah Mehsud, claimed SSP Anwar.

On the other hand, there is a social media outcry regarding Naqib's alleged killing. Protests have also been announced by human rights activists in Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar, Lahore and Islamabad.

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