KARACHI: A committee comprising the Inspector General Police (IGP) Counter-terrorism Department (CTD) Sanaullah Abbasi and DIGs South and East was formed on Thursday to investigate the death of Naqeebullah who was allegedly killed in a “staged encounter”.
A notification issued by the provincial inspector general police office said the committee is mandated to “assess the genuineness of encounter” and “dig out profile of the deceased”, and directed to submit its findings within three days.
Earlier in the day, Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal took notice of the incident, following reports that the 27- year-old hailing from South Waziristan was innocent, and ordered deputy inspector general South to personally conduct an inquiry into the matter following PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s directions.
Naqeebullah was allegedly among the four suspects killed in an ‘encounter’ with a police team headed by Senior Superintendent of Police Rao Anwarin the Usman Khaskheli Goth on the outskirts of the metropolis last week.
The police claim that the deceased was a militant affiliated with the banned Tehreek-iTaliban Pakistan (TTP). Anwar had alleged at the time that the slain suspects were involved in several high-profile terror cases and had ties with terrorist outfits Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LJ) and the militant Islamic State (IS). However, Naqeebullah — whose name is given as Naseemullah on his national identity card — was not mentioned by name at the time.
But a relative of Naqeebullah disputed SSP Anwar’s claim that the slain youth was a former commander of the TTP in South Waziristan’s Makeen tehsil, saying instead that the deceased was, in fact, a shop owner fond of modelling.
According to the relative, the family had approached the Chhipa Welfare Association on Wednesday, where they were handed over Naqeebullah’s body. Residents of Karachi on Thursday staged a protest against SSP Anwar for his role in the ‘encounter’ against Naqeebullah.
The Pakistan Tehreek-iInsaf (PTI) also asked the Sindh chief minister to look into the alleged extra-judicial killing. SSP Anwar, on the other hand, maintains that Naqeebulah was involved in major acts of terrorism and was residing in an apartment on Abul Hassan Ispahani Road. The SSP has also issued a document detailing Naqeebulah’s path to militancy. According to the police officer, Naqeebulah was born on January 1, 1991, in a village of South Waziristan’s Makeen tehsil. He allegedly received religious education from a madressah.