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Naqeebullah Mehsud s father passes away after battling cancer

Mohammad Khan, the father of Naqeebullah Mehsud — a Waziristan native killed in a staged encounter in Karachi in January 2018 — passed away on Monday. In a tweet, activist and lawyer Jibran Nasir said Khan had passed away after battling cancer, adding that his funeral prayers would be offered in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa s Tank district on Tuesday at 10am and in his village Makeen at 2pm. He was a remarkable man with great resolve, we must carry forward his struggle for justice, said Nasir. Naqeebullah s murder Khan s son, Naqeebullah, who hailed from South Waziristan, was among the four suspects killed in an encounter with a police team headed by notorious encounter specialist former SSP Rao Anwar and his team in the Usman Khaskheli Goth on the outskirts of Karachi last year. Dawn Investigations: Rao Anwar and the killing fields of Karachi Anwar had stuck to the claim that the deceased was a Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant but a spokesperson of the outlawed TTP s South Waziristan chapter had termed Anwar s claim as baseless , clarifying that Naqeebullah had no links with the banned militant outfit. Naqeebullah s family also disputed the former SSP s claim, saying that the 27-year-old had no links with any militant organisation. Naqeebullah — whose name is given as Naseemullah on his national identity card — was a shop owner fond of modelling, a relative of the deceased had earlier told Dawn. In January, an anti-terrorism court in Karachi had declared Naqeebullah and three others innocent and quashed the cases filed against the four accused who had been killed in the staged police encounter. In March, an ATC indicted Anwar and 17 others for the murder of Naqeebullah in the fake encounter. Thirteen police officials were in jail on judicial remand. Anwar, along with former deputy superintendent of police Qamar and three others who were accused in the case, are currently out on bail.


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