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QUETTA: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Sunday termed the state of human rights in 2017 in the country disappointing and expressed serious concern over increasing incidents of enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings in Balochistan.

Presenting a report about the state of human rights in the country with reference to Balochistan, I.A. Rehman, a spokesman for the HRCP, informed the media at a press conference that 545 people became victim of extra-judicial killings while 90 torched bodies were found in Balochistan.

Mr Rehman expressed serious concern over threats to journalists working in Balochistan and called for their safety and protection.

“The government and media-house owners must take steps for protection of media persons,” Mr Rehman urged.

Published in Dawn, May 28th, 2018