ISLAMABAD/ RAWALPINDI - The government on Tuesday placed the name of the former Senior Superintendent of Police Rao Anwar on the exit control list following the directions of the Supreme Court that is hearing a suo motu case of an extrajudicial killing in Karachi.

A spokesperson of the Ministry of Interior confirmed that the name of former SSP Malir, Karachi, had been placed on the ECL in the light of the directions of the apex court.

The Supreme Court ordered to place Rao Anwar’s name on the no-fly list after former SSP Malir made a failed attempt to leave the country from the Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad, on Monday night.

Anwar is currently facing police investigation for his alleged involvement in the extrajudicial killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud. The SC had taken suo motu notice of Mehsud’s alleged murder in a “fake encounter”.

On the other hand, well-placed sources in the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) informed The Nation that the FIA’s immigration staff that had stopped Rao Anwar at the immigration counter had also recovered an iqama (residence permit) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

A copy of the iqama available with The Nation shows that it was issued in the name of Anwar Ahmed Khan with the issuance date of October 9, 2017 and having an expiry date of October 8, 2018. An official of the FIA said that no police officer was allowed to have an iqama being a government employee and keeping in view the sensitivity of his job.


The FIA stopped former Rao Anwar from boarding a Dubai-bound flight at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport between the night of Monday and Tuesday apparently over ‘incomplete travel documents’.

“Rao Anwar had reached a counter at the Rawal Lounge at the BBIA at 12 am in a bid to board the Dubai-bound Emirates Airline flight (EK-653) which was scheduled to take off at 1:30 am,” sources said.

They said the FIA Passport and Immigration Department staffer, however, refused to allow him clearance and asked him to furnish a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Sindh government — which is essential for a public servant before leaving the country under ex-Pakistan leave.

On this, according to the sources, Rao Anwaar argued with the staffer who later called his shift incharge, a female officer. The shift incharge also asked the former SSP to produce the NoC, but he failed.

They said Rao Anwar , who was wearing a black cap and a coat apparently as a camouflage, remained seated for two hours in the lounge and kept pressing the FIA officials to allow him to travel abroad. But all his attempts yielded no result and in the meanwhile, the luggage of Rao Anwar was offloaded from the plane by the cargo officials.

The sources said Rao Anwar left the airport in a black land cruiser along with some men in civvies who were believed to be members of his “death squad” he has formed in Karachi.

Rao Anwar has been suspended after he killed a young man identified as Naqeebullah Mehsud, a resident of Waziristan, in a fake encounter in Karachi.

The Sindh government and the Police Inspector General have constituted a special inquiry committee with a direction for the former SSP to face the investigators. However, the defiant Rao has boycotted the inquiry committee, accusing it of being partial.