On Tuesday, the United States blacklisted former Malir SSP Rao Anwar for allegedly murdering over 400 people in fake police encounters.
In line with International Human Rights Day the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has also designated 17 other people.
According to a statement issued by the US Treasury Department, during Anwars’s tenure as a the Senior Superintendent of Police in Malir District, he was reportedly responsible for staging several fake encounters and was in over 190 police encounters that resulted in the death of over 400 people, including Naqeebullah Mehsud.
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Anwar also helped to lead a police network and criminals that were allegedly responsible for extortion, land gabbing, narcotics and murder, the statement said further.
“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 combating human rights abuse and we will hold perpetrators and enablers accountable wherever they operate.”
Deputy Secretary Justin G. Muzinich said,
“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.”