A Pakistani court docket on Monday acquitted a retired senior police officer and 17 others, principally policemen nonetheless serving on the drive, within the 2018 killing of a 27-year-old aspiring mannequin.
The younger man, Naqeeb Ullah, was killed beneath suspicious circumstances, in what police on the time mentioned was a raid on a militant hideout within the port metropolis of Karachi. His killing drew nationwide condemnation from human rights activists and hundreds from his Mehsud tribe rallied in Islamabad and elsewhere in Pakistan.
Rao Anwar, who on the time was Karachi’s police chief, and the others have been arrested quickly after the raid and went on trial in 2019. A subsequent authorities probe concluded that Ullah, who hailed from the South Waziristan area, as soon as a Taliban stronghold, had no ties to militants.
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Jabran Nasir, an legal professional for Ullah’s household, mentioned the court docket in Karachi acquitted Anwar and the others as a result of lack of proof after the prosecution did not show the fees raised towards them. The lawyer mentioned he would seek the advice of the household and should file an attraction.
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Ullah’s household has claimed that he was arrested weeks previous to his killing and that alleged the raid was staged as a “faux shootout.”
Anwar, credited with arresting scores of militants whereas he was police chief, was suspended following the raid and barred from leaving Pakistan. Later on, in the course of the trial, he retired from service.
After Monday’s ruling, Anwar mentioned “justice has been completed” and introduced he would demand he be reinstated due to a wrongful suspension.