Pakistani policeman accused in extra-judicial killings surrenders

People chant slogans and hold signs as they condemn the death of Naqibullah Mehsud, whose family said he was killed by police in a so-called “encounter killing”, during a protest in Karachi, Pakistan January 21, 2018. REUTERS

KARACHI: A senior Pakistani policeman accused of a role in police killings surrendered to the Supreme Court yesterday after two months on the run, media said, in a case that has stirred anger about extra-judicial killings.

Rao Anwar, senior superintendent of police in the port city of Karachi, was suspended on January 20 after four men were killed in a shoot-out with police. Police initially said the men were suspected Islamist militants but later suggested the incident may have been an extra-judicial killing.

The shoot-out, in which police gunned down aspiring model Naqibullah Mehsud, has also brought to the fore the issue of racial profiling of Pakistan’s Pashtuns, who say they are targeted and harassed because many militants hail from their communities close to the border with Afghanistan.- Reuters

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