On Thursday, the Supreme Court rejected an application submitted by suspended senior officer of Sindh, Police Rao Anwar Ahmed Khan for elimination of his name from the Exit Control List (ECL)
A three-member bench supervised by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar rejected Anwar’s request which required deletion of his name from the no-fly list so that he could visit Sadia Arabia to perform Umrah.
SSP Rao Anwar was accused of killing the 27-year-old Naqeebullah Mehsud from South Waziristan. He had approached the Supreme Court in December in an attempt to get his name removed from ECL.
In his plea, Anwar had mentioned his intended of travelling to perform Umrah and also to meet his children. He had asked the apex court to order the trial court to adjust his movement abroad after removing his name from the ECL, challenging that placing an suspect on the ECL and restricting them ti travel was not a reasonable restriction.
The request had further debated that registering a case against the respondent was not a reason enough to place their name on the ECL, as liberty to move was an essential right.
Declining the petition, Chief Justice Nisar commented that Anwar’s passport should be seized.
“Rao Anwar is talking about travelling abroad. His passport should be confiscated. Tell his family to come here and meet him,” the senior judge stated to the SSP’s counsel.
“He must be wanting to transfer money abroad that he earned here,” the chief justice stated.
Former SSP Malir Rao Anwar along with 11 of his attendants is facing trial before an anti-terrorism court for supposedly murdering Mehsud, a salesperson and an ambitious model from South Waziristan, and three others in a suspected staged encounter on January 13, 2018 in Malir.
Apart from this, one more case was listed against Anwar for the possession of explosives and illegal arms.