–Muhammad Khan backs Pakistan Army, hopes justice will be served in son’s murder
ISLAMABAD: Father of Naqeebullah Mehsud, an aspiring model killed in fake encounter in January 2018, has warned that his son’s name should not be used to disgrace state institutions, including Pakistan Army, as he has firm faith that justice would be served and those behind his son’s brutal killing would be punished as an example.
Muhammad Khan, in a video message, said that the act of calling men in uniform responsible for terrorism should be stopped. Naqeeb will get justice from the same uniform, he added, because “I don’t doubt anyone’s intention”.
He expressed his optimism that Prime Minister Imran Khan, the army chief and chief justice would honour their promises to bring the culprits involved in Naqeeb’s killing to justice.
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Naqeebullah Mehsud, also known as Naseemullah, was killed on January 13, 2018, in Karachi during a fake encounter staged by a notorious encounter specialist Rao Anwar, a senior superintendent of police (SSP) of Karachi’s Malir District.
On January 17, Naqeebullah’s dead body was handed over to his relatives at the Chhipa Welfare Association morgue in Karachi. The fake encounter sparked countrywide protests against extrajudicial killings in Pakistan.
Muhammad Khan said that he would not allow anyone to collect funds in Naqeeb’s name, adding that those who are trying to use his son for personal advantages are “not with him and they themselves would be responsible for it.”
Naqeeb’s father said Pakistan Army exposed the foreign militants and cleansed the terror-stricken Waziristan from the terrorists while restoring complete peace in the restive tribal region. Resultantly, the long-neglected areas witnessed a drastic development, he added.
He said that they would try to convey their voice to the high-ups within the ambit of the law of the land, as it weakened the country as well as the army to talk against Pakistan.
“Pak Army is building markets, schools and protecting our children,” Khan said and added that we should not talk about the rights of specific area, as “the whole country Pakistan is ours”.
Khan went on to say that no country could compete with Pak Army if the nation backed them.
It is pertinent to mention here that Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa held a meeting with Naqeeb’s father in April last year and assured that justice would be done.
However, despite lapse of a year, Rao Anwar, who recently retired from service, is still roaming freely and is yet to be punished for his alleged crime.
Rao Anwar had claimed that Naqeebullah had links with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, and the Islamic State (Daesh). However, the claims were contested by Naqeebullah’s relatives and human rights activists, especially the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), who launched a campaign to seek justice for him. An inquiry committee consisting of senior police officers was formed to investigate the killing, which found Naqeebullah to be innocent, and declared that the alleged police encounter staged to kill him and three others was fake.