The Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) granted bail to former SSP ,Malir Rao Anwaar in a case involving possession of illegal weapons and explosives on Friday. 

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Earlier, the court had reserved its verdict on Anwar's bail plea on July 17 and announced it today. 

The court ordered Anwar to submit surety bonds worth Rs 1 million.  Following the submission of the bail bond, it is expected that Anwar's release orders will be issued today. 

Moreover, in Last week, the ATC granted bail to Anwar in the Naqeebullah murder case while approving the former SSP Malir's bail plea the court had directed him to submit Rs 1 million in bail bonds.

In January, Rao Anwar killed Naqeebullah Mehsud [a shopkeeper and aspiring model from South Waziristan] in a fake encounter in Malir. Anwaar is now facing, along with 11 of his subordinates, a trial before the ATC for allegedly killing Mehsud. 

Mehsud's father has expressed a lack of confidence in the ATC judge hearing the murder case while his lawyers have claimed repeatedly that the controversial police officer was awarded special treatment as he did not spend a single day behind bars following his arrest.

Mehsud's family also criticized that Anwaar never appeared in court in handcuffs. 

Moreover, Anwaar was housed in his Malir residence since his arrest, which was declared a sub-jail by the authorities. 

According to the Mehsud's father, neither did the judge take notice of Anwaar's protocol despite a petition filed earlier, nor she announced any decision on a plea filed pertaining to threats to witnesses.

Anwaar, after absconding in the case since late January, was arrested on the Supreme Court's orders March 21 after he finally appeared in court and was later transported to Karachi. 

Following the incident in January, protests had erupted across the country seeking action against Anwar, who is infamous for killing 'terrorists' in staged encounters.