Pak Army says ‘extra-judicial killing’ video fabricated

The video had a squad of uniformed soldiers shooting dead young men.

Updated: Oct 02, 2010, 16:26 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistani military officials have dismissed an ‘extra-judicial killing’ video making rounds on YouTube as fabricated.

The video had a squad of uniformed soldiers shooting dead young men, who were blindfolded and bound.

“No Pakistani Army soldier or officer has been involved in activity of this sort,” The BBC quoted Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas, as saying.

“The Army has a policy of zero tolerance on issues like this,” he added.

Earlier, human rights organisations had accused the armed forces of carrying out the extra-judicial killings.

“We have previously documented executions in Swat that are similar to what is depicted in this video,” Ali Dayan Hasan, representative of Human Rights Watch in Pakistan, had said.

“Human Rights Watch cannot say anything about the authenticity of the video,” he added.

Human Rights Watch has also called for a full investigation into the matter.

ANI