On January 3, Naqeebullah was kidnapped along with two of his friends, Hazrat Ali and Mohammed Qasim, by Rao Anwar’s men in plainclothes
from Gul Sher Agha Hotel in Sohrab Goth, Karachi. Naqeebullah was kept in captivity, tortured, and then killed on January 13 in a fake encounter in which he was shot twice in the back.
This fake encounter had sparked countrywide protests against extrajudicial killings in Pakistan. Rao Anwar Ahmed, the senior superintendent of police(SSP) who led the team staging the fake encounter, was
already known for carrying out controversial police encounters in Karachi.
He was known as the “encounter specialist” of
the Sindh Police. Apart from his controversial police encounters, Rao Anwar has also been notorious for being involved in land grabbing and gravel and sand mining in the Malir and Gadap areas of Karachi.
It further stated that the members of the downtrodden sections of Pakistani society are not being able to file a report because of its “financial cost,”
which referred to bribe-taking or the fear of harassment or threat.