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Human Rights Violations: UK Imposes Travel Ban on Rao Anwar, Freezes His Assets


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The UK government has imposed a travel ban on former Pakistan police officer Rao Anwar and frozen his assets under its Sanctions Act.

Anwar, who retired as a senior superintendent of police, was on the UK sanctions list which was released Friday. The kingdom implements a global human rights sanctions regime through regulations under its Sanctions Act.

In his role as the Malir SSP, Anwar was reportedly “responsible for numerous staged police encounters in which individuals were killed by police, and was directly involved in over 190 police encounters that resulted in the deaths of over 400 people, including the murder of Naqeebullah Mehsud in 2018,” the British government said in a statement on its website.

“Khan is therefore responsible for or complicit in, the serious violations of the right to life,” it added.

Anwar was suspended after he was accused of killing 27-year-old Mehsud and four others at a farmhouse in Karachi’s Shah Latif Town on January 13, 2018.

He was arrested along with DSP Qamar Ahmed Sheikh and 13 others. Anwar was released on bail on July 10, 2018.

The encounter and the approval of Anwar’s bail resulted in protests and widespread criticism of the country’s justice system.

The United States also sanctioned Anwar in December 2019 for his involvement in “serious human rights abuse” in Pakistan.

The action was taken by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control on the International Human Rights Day.

The Department of Treasury said that Anwar was reportedly responsible for staging numerous fake police encounters during his tenure as an SSP.