Get serious about fighting terror: Rights body to Pak govt

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 14:38

Islamabad: The Human Rights Commission in Pakistan (HRCP) has condemned the recent killings of 10 foreign climbers and a Pakistani in Gilgit-Baltistan and has called for stronger actions by the government to curb militancy.

Comparing the recent attack to the killing of Shias in the region last year, HRCP said that the attacks speak volumes about the ineptness of security and intelligence apparatus adding that the attacks reflect serious deterioration in a region incited by sectarian bloodshed and schisms, the Daily Times reports.

According to the report, the Gilgit-Baltistan region had so far been considered a safer place and tourism in the region was the mainstay of the local economy.

However, the recent killings for which the Taliban and a linked sectarian militancy group have claimed responsibility have sparked debates about militancy in the region by government and the Human Rights commission alike.

The interior minister condemned the attacks and described it as an attack against Pakistan by those who want to destroy the country.

HCRP has said that mere rhetoric after every incident of bloodshed will not harm the enemies of the state and stricter steps are needed to bring the perpetrators to justice and to prevent recurrence of such events, the report added.

First Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 14:37
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