KARACHI - SSP Rao Anwar retired on the first day of the 2019 after serving 37 years in Sindh police department, sources said on Tuesday. Sources said Rao Anwar had joined Sindh police department as Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) in 1982 and was serving as Senior Superintendent of Police Malir, Karachi since killing of Naqeebullah in January 2018.

The alleged extra judicial killing of Mehsood, a native of South Waziristan, in Karachi had triggered countrywide protests. The officer had denied his involvement in the killing, stating that he was not present at the sight of the alleged murder.   Rao Anwar was known as the “encounter specialist” of the Sindh Police. From 1992 to 1999, Rao Anwar played a main role in the operations against the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) in Karachi.

When the Pakistan Peoples Party came into power in 2008, Rao Anwar returned to Karachi. He was promoted from inspector to deputy superintendent of police (DSP) and then to superintendent of police (SP) within a short space of time in 2008.

He was considered close to the former President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari. Rao Anwar became senior superintendent of police (SSP) Malir in 2011. In 2012, he was demoted to the sub-inspector rank by a Supreme Court order, but the President Asif Ali Zardari reinstated Rao Anwar as SSP Malir using his executive powers.