Former police officer wanted for extrajudicial killing arrested in Islamabad


ISLAMABAD -- A top Pakistani police officer who went on the run after the extrajudicial killing of a social media star prompted angry nationwide protests appeared at the Supreme Court Wednesday (March 21).

Rao Anwar, formerly a senior superintendent in the Karachi police force, was last seen trying to flee the country January 23 as fury grew over the fatal shooting of 23-year-old Naqeebullah Mehsud, an aspiring model whose dance videos had earned a large Facebook following.

The policeman, who rose through the Karachi police in the 1990s, has been accused of spearheading hundreds of extrajudicial killings including that of Mehsud.

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