Pak security forces accused of extra-judicial killing

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 18:29

London: Pakistan`s armed forces have been
accused of waging a campaign of extra-judicial killings and
sending death squads to execute suspected Taliban militants
in the Swat valley, a media report said on Wednesday.

In one case the security forces have been accused of
hanging a body from a lamp post in the Swat Valley, The Daily
Telegraph said.

In Dargai in the neighbouring Malakand district, the
body of a Taliban militant was left hanging from a lamp post
with a note pinned to it saying, "anyone who joins the
Taliban will meet the same fate". Mimicking a Taliban
tactic, the act was a clear warning to the group.

The report quoted one person saying his brother, a
Taliban fighter, had been arrested by soldiers two weeks ago.

He alleged that four days later his brother`s body was
found on wasteland by neighbours. Locals said the bodies of
four more militants had been found in similar circumstances.

An army spokesman denied that any of those killed had
been in its custody.

Asma Jahangir, leading human rights lawyer of Pakistan
sought an independent inquiry into reports that 20 bodies
were found in a mass grave at the weekend.

The Human Rights Commission, founded by her said, it
had compiled evidence that at least six of the dead had been
shot by the security services.

It also alleged that more than 100 bodies had been
found dumped in the streets of towns and villages in Swat
since July 13 when displaced residents started returning after
a Taliban offensive was repelled by the army.

Jahangir said she had hard evidence and challenged
Army claims that local mass graves contained militants killed
by other Taliban fighters.

"We have allegations to the contrary, from
eyewitnesses. We`re asking for an investigation because no one
should be above the law."

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First Published: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 18:29

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