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The caretaker federal government told the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday that notorious ‘encounter specialist’ Abid Boxer has been in the custody of Pakistani authorities since February this year.

Earlier this year, reports surfaced that Boxer ─ a former police officer wanted in over a dozen cases of murder, attempted murder, land-grabbing and others in Punjab ─ had been arrested in February in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in connection with a fraud case and brought back to Pakistan with the help of Interpol.

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In March, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Punjab Police, however, denied these reports and told the court Boxer had yet to be extradited to Pakistan.

The director FIA had reiterated the Interior Ministry’s claim in the LHC during the hearing of a petition filed by Boxer’s father-in-law seeking protection for his son-in-law, that no agency had brought Boxer back to Pakistan.

Today, Deputy Attorney General Syed Zafar Abbas Gilani told the court that the former police officer had been shifted to Pakistan from Dubai in February.

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