The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Sindh has summoned the father of slain tribal youth Naqeebullah Mehsud today (Wednesday) to record his statement over alleged corruption of Sindh Police’s suspended cop Rao Anwar.
Anwar is accused of killing Naqeebullah in a fake encounter in January.
On May 26, Naqeebullah’s father Muhammad Khan, through his counsel Faisal Siddiqui, submitted a three-page compliant to NAB, requesting an inquiry under Section 22 of the NAB Ordinance, 1999 and Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2010 against Anwar for having assets beyond known sources of income.
According to the complaint, Anwar’s salary, as senior superintendent of police, was Rs113,722 as on April 2018. It was obvious that Anwar is involved in acquiring assets beyond his means and involved in the offence of money laundering.
“His travel record reveals that Rao has made 74 trips to Dubai since 2012. It is incomprehensive how an officer with a maximum salary Rs113,722 can afford so many international trips. Therefore it has been established that his international trips have been financed beyond his means,” says the complaint.
It also refers to a news report which says that Anwar had been running a multibillion-rupees criminal empire from his office in Karachi’s Malir district.
“He was also the head of local thugs who were part of a network involved in extorting protection money and running a numbers of rackets, smuggling Iranian petrol, narcotics and illegal water hydrants,” adds the complaint.
And “in view of numerous international trips, there is a possibility that illegal money has been laundered in Dubai, which requires serious investigation,” it maintains.
The complainant submits that NAB has the jurisdiction to probe into the matter as it is an offence under section 9 (v) of the NAB Ordinance, 1999.
Currently, Anwar is in custody on the charges of Naqeebullah’s murder. The former SSP has been repeatedly suspended from this post on charges of illegal and corrupt practices.
After the testimony of Naqeebullah’s father, NAB can order an inquiry into the matter.