Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday grilled Sindh Inspector General of Police A.D. Khawaja over his failure to arrest former SSP Malir Rao Anwar in connection with the extra-judicial killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud.

A three-member bench of the Supreme Court, presided by the chief justice, was conducting a suo motu hearing on the murder of 27-year-old Mehsud, who was gunned down, allegedly by Anwar and his team in a fake ‘encounter’.

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After being presented with an investigation report by Khowaja — which found Naqeebullah to be innocent and said that the deceased had been “severely tortured” in custody — the chief justice remarked: “The state has been blamed for his murder. Those who were responsible for providing security are being accused of murder.”

The chief justice asked Khowaja what his force was doing when Anwar attempted to flee the country before going into hiding.

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