London: A top human rights watchdog on Tuesday
slammed the Pakistan government for its failure to resolve
hundreds of cases of alleged disappearance in the country.
"The Pakistan government has made little progress in
resolving hundreds of cases of alleged disappearance, while
new incidents are being reported around the country," said Sam
Zarifi, Amnesty International`s (AI) Asia-Pacific director.
The London-based Amnesty called for immediate ending of
the widespread practice of enforced disappearance in Pakistan
and appealed to authorities in Islamabad to ensure, those
detained have full access to lawyers and the courts.
The briefing of AI, "The Bitterest of Agonies: End
enforced disappearances in Pakistan", published on the
International Day of the disappeared, highlights the plight of
hundreds of people who have been arbitrarily detained and held
in secret facilities in Pakistan since late 2001, when the
country became a key ally in the US-led "war on terror".
The whereabouts of all of these victims remains unknown.
People accused of involvement in terrorism and political
opponents of the Pakistani government, such as members of
Pakistan`s Sindhi and Baloch nationalist groups, are among
those increasingly subjected to enforced disappearance.
"Despite three years of promises to resolve this crisis,
hundreds of families are desperate to learn about the fates of
their loved ones," Zarifi said.