London: The UK has banned Rao Anwar Ahmad Khan, a former senior superintendent of police (SSP) in Pakistan’s Malir district and known as the country’s encounter specialist.
According to an AFP report published in the Dawn newspaper, the UK imposed sanctions on Rao Anwar for his alleged involvement in more than 190 encounters in Pakistan, which resulted in more than 400 deaths.
In addition, the British government announced global travel and an economic ban on former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh for human rights abuses.
The former Gambian dictator, who fled the country after losing an election in December 2016, is one of 10 people on the world list and one of three in the West African nation.
US sanctions on Rao Anwar:
On December 11 last year, the United States banned former SSP Malir Rao Anwar, notorious for fake police encounters in Pakistan.
According to a statement from the US Treasury Department, Rao Anwar, as Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Malir, is responsible for a number of fake police encounters in which several people were killed by the police.
The statement said Rao Anwar was involved in more than 190 police encounters that resulted in more than 400 deaths, including the assassination of Naqibullah Mehsud.
The case of Naqibullah’s assassination:
On January 13, 2018, four persons, including Naqibullah Mehsud, were killed in an alleged police encounter by former SSP Malir Rao Anwar.
The alleged murder of Naqibullah, 27, of South Waziristan, in an alleged police encounter, came to light on social media, prompting a campaign against Rao Anwar.
Police initially claimed that four terrorists belonging to the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were killed during the encounter at Usman Khaskheli Goth in Shah Latif Town.
At the time, SSP Malir Rao Anwar alleged that those killed in the police encounter were involved in major terrorist incidents and had links to Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and the militant group ISIS.
However, a close relative of Naqibullah denied the police officer’s controversial statement, saying the victim was in fact the owner of a shop and had a passion for modeling. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar had taken suo motu notice of the incident while his name was entered in the ECL.
Later, there were several hearings in the case in which the Supreme Court allowed Rao Anwar to appear before the court. However, on March 21, 2018, SSP Malir Rao Anwar appeared before the Supreme Court, where he was arrested.