KARACHI: Pakistan’s chief justice on Friday ordered a probe into the killing of a 27-year-old man after his family and activists blamed police for what they say was his “stage-managed” death.

Mian Saqib Nisar’s ruling comes about a week after police in the port city of Karachi killed Naqeeb Ullah, claiming he was linked to Taliban insurgents.

Naqeeb hailed from the South Waziristan tribal region, once a Taliban stronghold.

Naqeeb’s relatives deny he was a Taliban member and are demanding justice.

On Friday, residents rallied in Karachi, demanding action against the police officers linked to Naqeeb’s killing.

The family of Naqeeb claims he was detained earlier this month but on January 13 was killed in a “stage-managed shoot-out” by senior police officer Rao Anwar.

Anwar escaped an assassination attempt this week when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up near Anwar’s vehicle. Authorities believe it was a Taliban attack.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, on Friday confirmed death sentences by military court rulings for 10 militants over their involvement in a series of attacks against security forces, the military said.

In a statement, he said the men were involved in the killing of 41 people.