ISLAMABAD: Prime suspect in the Naqeebullah murder case, Rao Anwar, wrote a letter to the Chief Justice of Pakistan in which he claimed his innocence, it was learned on Tuesday.
This was revealed during the proceedings of the Naqeebullah murder case that were conducted at the apex court. Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar, said that Rao Anwar should not be arrested but be given an opportunity to present himself before the court.
"Let him come to court. We shall constitute a JIT for him," said the chief justice. "If something happens to Rao Anwar then all evidence will be eliminated."
The chief justice said that Rao Anwar had written a letter to him and gave it to IG Sindh AD Khawaja. The police chief remarked that the signature indeed resembled that of Rao Anwar's.
"According to Rao Anwar, he is innocent and has nothing to do with Naqeebullah's death," he said.
Rao Anwar had claimed on January 13 he killed four operatives of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in an encounter near Shah Latif Town in Karachi.
He also claimed Naqeebullah had affiliation with the banned TTP and was living in Karachi’s Sohrab Goth area using a fake name.
However, the members of Naqeeb's family claim that he wanted to become a fashion model however he was killed in a fake police encounter.
He was picked by plainclothes personnel on January 3 from a teashop in Sohrab Goth, said an eyewitness on a condition of anonymity.
Naqeeb remained unaccounted for at least ten days after which his family recognized him when news channels aired pictures of terrorists killed in an encounter. The family received his body from Chhipa Welfare Association morgue later in Karachi.