ISLAMABAD -  The Supreme Court on Thursday granted 10 more days to the Sindh police to arrest absconding SSP Rao Anwar , who along with a police party had killed Naqeebullah Mehsud in a fake encounter in Karachi a few days back.

While taking the suo moto case of the killing of 27-year-old Naqeebullah, a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar also directed the Inter-Services Intelligence, the Military Intelligence and the Intelligence Bureau to fully assist the Sindh police in tracing out and arresting the absconding police officer.

The court also directed the Federal Investigation Agency Director-General to contact, through Interpol, all international airports to locate Anwar.

The court also barred electronic and print media from carrying statements of the suspended police officer.

Last week, the chief justice had set a three-day deadline for Anwar's arrest which expired on Tuesday.

Sindh Police Inspector General A D Khawaja appearing before the court submitted that they have not yet succeeded in arresting Anwar. He assured the court that “efforts are underway to nab him”. The chief justice admonished the IGP and questioned what his force had been doing as the accused had tried to escape the country before going into hiding.

“When a person goes via a plane, the world comes to know but here a police officer, the main accused in the killing of Naqeebullah, manages to escape and went into hiding, the whole Sindh police force is still clueless about his whereabouts. The FIA immigration’s performance at the Islamabad airport is commendable which foiled Anwar’s attempt to flee the country,” the chief justice said and added, “Allah knows what would have happened if Anwar had managed to escape from the country”.

The chief justice also sought the service profile and travel record of Anwar. “Tell me if there is any political pressure on you, we will help you out,” the chief justice inquired from the Sindh IGP. The IGP, however, said that “the moment they get any clue, they will arrest him”.

The chief justice observed that issues had been left to the court for redressal and when the court takes cognizance, then it is termed judicial activism.

AD Khawaja told the court that “they are using all their resources to arrest him but he (Anwar) has switched off his phones. He said that the police know all the tricks to catch the accused and Anwar’s last known location was mapped out in Dhok Paracha Rawalpindi.

AD Khawaja further told the court that their teams were operating in Lucky Marwat, Islamabad and interior Sindh. He, however, said they did not have the capability to trace Whatsapps but they have intimated the ISI and the IB about it. He asked the court to direct the premier agencies to assist the police.

During the hearing, Noor Rehman, the cousin of late Naqeebullah, appeared before the court and read out a letter sent by Naqeebullah’s father. The letter said: “It’s the fifth day of the court order but the federal and the provincial governments have failed to apprehend Anwar. “Is Rao Anwar so powerful that all institutions of this country have not yet nabbed him who is still at large,” the letter said.

“Alhamdulillah, I am in Pakistan”, the father quoted Rao Anwar as saying in his statements, being aired by the electronic media. “Is it not tantamount to sprinkling salt on our wounds when Rao Anwar says in the media that he is in Pakistan,” the letter further questioned.

The father of the deceased requested the chief justice to call reports from all sensitive institutions why Anwar had not been arrested. He further requested to issue directives to print and electronic media not to air or print statements of Anwar.

The deceased’s father said that “as they are living in FATA which is quite far away and do not have any access to the authorities concerned, therefore, his requests should be given due consideration”. “And, please also instruct the police and other authorities not to inflict atrocities on us,” the letter said.

The chief justice in response to the letter said that “The people of FATA are our brothers and their grieves are our grieves”. Justice Saqib said he was ready to visit FATA when the Supreme Court jurisdiction was extended there. The case is adjourned until February 13.

Sher demands raid on Bilawal House

INP adds: Minister of State for Power Abid Sher Ali on Thursday demanded raid at Bilawal House in Islamabad to recover former Malir SSP Rao Anwar .

Talking to media persons at Karachi Airport, Abid Sher said peace in Karachi is due to the efforts of Nawaz Sharif, adding the time has come to bring Sindh leaders to accountability. Nation’s money was laundered by model girl Ayan Ali, he stated.

He said Sindh rulers have looted billions which would be now recovered by people from them. He said people of Karachi would clean garbage by casting their vote in next general elections.