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Amnesty slams Pak over forced disappearances

Last Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 16:19

London: Amnesty International (AI) has said Pakistan has failed to bring the perpetrators of forced disappearances to justice, with most of the victims still missing.

AI secretary general Salil Shetty, at the launch of Amnesty International Report 2012, said the Pakistan government had established a new commission to probe forced disappearances in March, but it took six months to appoint former Supreme Court judge Justice Javed Iqbal to head it, reports the Daily Times.

A previous commission was formed in March 2010, which traced 220 of the several hundred missing people. However, both commissions were criticised for failing to protect witnesses and for conducting inadequate investigations, the AI report said.

The AI report accuses Pakistani security and intelligence forces of violations, forced disappearances, torture and killing of civilians, journalists, activists and suspected members of armed groups in indiscriminate attacks and extrajudicial executions.

The AI report further states that reports of extrajudicial executions were most common in Balochistan province, as well as the northwest and violence-ridden Karachi.

The report states that at least nine journalists are killed every year, adding that Pakistani authorities failed to bring perpetrators to justice or provide adequate protection to journalists.

The state also failed to prevent sectarian attacks against religious minorities or bring perpetrators to justice, the report said.


First Published: Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 16:19

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