US blacklisted retired Pakistani police officer for human rights violations

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Retired Pakistani police officer Rao Anwar Ahmed Khan has been blacklisted by the US for a serious human rights violation. The US Ministry of Finance gave this information. The encounter specialist, who served as Senior Superintendent of Police in Malir district of Sindh province of Pakistan, is accused of committing extrajudicial killings.


"During his tenure as SSP in Malir, Anwar is responsible for perpetrating fake police encounters that killed many people," the Finance Ministry said. He is also charged with recovery, land acquisition, drug trafficking, and murder. "Anwar carried out more than 190 encounters in Malir district, killing over 400 people," a senior ministry official told reporters. Most of these were extrajudicial killings.


"Anwar was also the head of a network of police and criminals and thugs who were involved in crimes like extortion, drug possession, drug trafficking, and murder," the official said. Pakistan has welcomed this move of America. Nadeem Nusrat, the head of the Voice of Karachi, welcomed the decision of the US Ministry of Finance and said that this is a historic step towards protecting human rights globally.


Nusrat said, "On behalf of my team of Voice of Karachi and 400 million people living in urban Sindh, I welcome the move of the US Finance Ministry against Rao Anwar and others involved in human rights abuses globally."