Culture of impunity’ in Pakistan: US report

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    WASHINGTON: A US report said Friday that Pakistan had a “culture of impunity” on human rights abuses and stated that security forces were operating outside the control of the civilian government.
    An annual State Department survey on human rights reported widespread concerns in Pakistan, a key US war partner, including violence against women, child labor, corruption and discrimination against religious minorities.
    The report said Pakistan had not held anyone accountable for a 2009 incident, shown in a leaked video, in which men in military uniforms shot dead six young men who were lined up and blindfolded with hands behind their backs.
    “A failure to credibly investigate allegations, impose disciplinary or accountability measures and consistently prosecute those responsible for abuses contributed to a culture of impunity,” the report said.
    Pakistan in 2008 ended a decade of military-backed rule, with civilian Asif Ali Zardari becoming president. But the State Department report was blunt about the persistent power of the armed forces.
    “Security forces did not report to civilian authorities and operated independently from the civilian government,” it said.
    The report took note of government efforts to improve human rights, including a new law against sexual harassment and the allocation of reserved seats in parliament for religious minorities.
    But the report said that women spoke of rape in custody, with few perpetrators held to account, and said that women and girls were often subjected to abuse or “honor killings” as part of family disputes.
    “Women often were treated as the property or goods of their families, and perpetrators were often husbands and other male family members,” it said.
    The report said that religious minorities, namely Christians and members of the Ahmadiyya movement, were more likely to suffer abuse in prison and reported cases of torture in custody.

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    We all are cherishing the recent reports coming out of USA that only terrorist organizations and separatists are involved in criminal activities and HR abuses in India but not our security forces. As far as Pakistan is concerned many of us can quote ourselves here from our previous posts about how things work in Pakistan. I do not know the origin of word ''stateless actors'' but Pakistan has invented its effective use. But not any more now because such reports are affirming that so called stateless actors are the very part of the Pakistani state's institutions. May be they literally mean it, if there isn't any state which exists in that part of the globe?
     
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