US blacklists Rao Anwar on World Human Rights Day

By Atta Ur Rehman Khan - Web Editor & Columnist

11th December, 2019

Former Malir senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rao Anwar has been blacklisted by the United States on World Human Rights Day.

According to the details, he was allegedly involved in murdering over 400 people in fake police encounters.

The commander, former Senior Superintendent Rao Anwar, had long been prominent in the fight against militancy in the northern neighborhoods of Karachi he oversaw. Those areas were once notorious for being practically run by the Pakistani Taliban and other militant groups, who inflicted heavy tolls on the security forces until 2015.

Campaigns by the superintendent’s forces, along with paramilitary groups like the Sindh Rangers, began turning the balance of power around. But the effort was haunted by accusations of extrajudicial killings, as it began looking as much like an indiscriminate crackdown on ethnic Pashtun communities as a targeted campaign against the militants who sheltered among them. The commander’s methods, in particular, began coming under intense criticism.

“The United States will not tolerate torture, kidnapping, sexual violence, murder, or brutality against innocent civilians,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “America is the world leader in combatting human rights abuse and we will hold perpetrators and enablers accountable wherever they operate.”

“Treasury’s action focuses on those who have killed, or ordered the killing of innocents who stood up for human rights including journalists, opposition members, and lawyers,” said Deputy Secretary Justin G. Muzinich.

SERIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE IN PAKISTAN: RAO ANWAR KHAN

During his tenure as the Senior Superintendent of Police in District Malir, Pakistan, Rao Anwar Khan (Anwar) was reportedly responsible for staging numerous fake police encounters in which individuals were killed by police, and was involved in over 190 police encounters that resulted in the deaths of over 400 people, including the murder of Naqeebullah Mehsood.  Anwar helped to lead a network of police and criminal thugs that were allegedly responsible for extortion, land grabbing, narcotics, and murder.  Anwar is designated for being responsible for or complicit in, or having directly or indirectly engaged in, serious human rights abuse.

 


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