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Pakistan Army calls Amnesty report “a pack of lies”


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According to the report issued by Amnesty International, the Pakistani military and the Taliban are guilty of rights abuses with a lack of justice fuelling a crisis in the tribal areas on the Afghan border.— File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s military has rejected a report by Amnesty International accusing it of human rights abuses on the Afghan border, calling the allegations a “pack of lies and part of a sinister propaganda campaign” against the armed forces.

In a short statement on Thursday, a spokesman for the armed forces said that the by the London-based human rights group has issued a “biased report based on fabricated stories twisted to serve an agenda”.

According to the report issued earlier today, the Pakistani military and the Taliban are guilty of rights abuses with a lack of justice fuelling a crisis in the tribal areas on the Afghan border.

The military is using new security laws and a colonial-era penal system to act with impunity in the northwestern, semi-autonomous region where Taliban and al Qaeda-linked violence is concentrated, the watchdog said.

The military has arbitrarily detained thousands for long periods with little or no access to due process, said the report, based on interviews with victims, witnesses, relatives, lawyers, officials and militants.

Cases of death and torture have been documented, detainees are not brought before court and relatives have no idea of their fate, sometimes for extended periods of time, said the human rights watchdog.

“Almost every week the bodies of those arrested by the armed forces are being returned to their families or reportedly found dumped across the tribal areas,” said Polly Truscott, Amnesty’s deputy Asia-Pacific director.

“The government must immediately reform the deeply flawed legal system in the tribal areas that perpetuates the cycle of violence,” she added.

Although judges have sought to investigate the fate of people who go missing, Amnesty said no military personnel had been prosecuted for alleged torture, enforced disappearance or deaths in custody.

It demanded the repeal of sweeping powers of arrest and detention given to the armed forces in 2011, and called on the jurisdiction of the courts and parliament to be extended to the tribal areas.

Pakistan says more than 35,000 people have been killed as a result of terrorism in the country since the 9/11 attacks on the United States and that its forces have for years been fighting homegrown militants in the northwest.

Amnesty also singled out the Taliban and other militant groups for targeting human rights activists, aid workers, journalists and alleged spies.

It also reported that the Taliban had brutally executed captured Pakistani troops in contravention of international humanitarian law.

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ImmI Dec 13, 2012 03:41pm
When you mix religion with politics then this sort of outcomes prevail.From the day of our beginning we have been a double minded nation.Got a country on the name of religion but not ready to implement it.Used Jhad to gain some political means (Strategic depth), but now we are fighting the same Jahadis.Leave those double standards that have made us a confused nation.As confusions always bring atrocities and violence.
Asif Kahsmiri Dec 13, 2012 03:56pm
this is not timesofinda my dear. You have writen a silly coment and are wrong by miles. Being a kashmiri I dont even want to start what india army is upto in my home.
Raja Dec 13, 2012 01:29pm
Gerry you are absolutely right. How and where can one trust establishment for anything. You must have remembered the assassination of President J.F Kennedy, weapons of mass destruction never found in Iraq and many more such happenings. HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION, well have we all forgotten Nuclear Bomb on Hiroshima! Really who you can trust man. President Richard Nixon in his book mentioned that by using SHIA-SUNNI conflict Muslims can be kept far busy fighting within themselves and that is what west has always done and is doing right now as we can all see. BUT we Muslims are still sleeping for I dont know what. We still look at western powers to help us and give us aid and what not we look at them for where as first we should look upon what we are doing. Why are we being used as puppets by west to fulfil their interests? and I am talking about all the Muslim countries in this world. Why do we give these human rights organisations a chance to humiliate us? Please wake up! ISLAM tells us that killing one person is equivalent to killing the whole humanity. ISLAM DOES NOT TEACH EXTREMISM.
Gazoo Martian Dec 13, 2012 02:01pm
wonderful, standing ovation
hari Dec 15, 2012 08:52am
Amnesty means pardon and amnesty international has pardoned USA for all the human right violations in Vietnam war, Iraq war, Afghanistan war. first America should accept amnesty reports of prisoner abuse in Guantanamo bay. this amnesty international should make America realize that death penalty is rejected by 139 countries. if the home country does not recognize it's reports than please thank you don't interfere in others matters.
Gerry D'Cunha Dec 13, 2012 12:31pm
OMG - can one trust the army to conduct the election under its control - who can one trust in pakistan
Raja Farhat Abbas Dec 13, 2012 03:12pm
Umar Khan Sahib,i agree with your statement.
Patriot Pakistani Dec 15, 2012 04:11pm
The Amnesty international reports may not be all truth but who would believe Pakistan Army with its glowing records of human tragedy in East Pakistan,Baluchistan,Khaiber Pukhktunkha and Sindh.Pakistan Army has divided Pakistan in two already and if there is no level headedness in the upper echelon's of the Army then they would face difficulties in keeping Sindh and Baluchistan in side Pakistan.As a well honoured establishment in Pakistan and a Muslim Army the Pakistan Army should not abandon truth and honesty and recruit more from Sindh and Baluchistan to become truly a National Army
Raja Dec 14, 2012 06:19pm
Every picture has a darker side and a brighter side. Some people always see the darker side of the picture unless its their own. Our rivals are putting up every effort to defame Pakistan Army because this is the only organisation in Pakistan that has stood fast in difficult times that our country is going through for more than a decade now. I would say the most Brave Army in the world in the war against terrorism. So this negative propaganda will always be there as desperate efforts to undermine Pakistan Army's key role in war against terrorism and I would also say against the war against corruption within our Country. We sleep peacefully at night because we know that some Brave Souls are out there to sacrifice their sleeps for the Country. These Men of Valour are sacrificing their todays for our tomorrows. Long Live Pakistan, Long Live Pakistan Army!
Saad Dec 13, 2012 03:16pm
I think before accusing army for all what was illustrated above, we should think whether army would kill those to whom they protect. If u ponder it has gone into the troubled areas again to save innocent people and to split bad among good society. Examples 1. IDPs 2. Flood duties. 3. Rescuing hostages over the years and many more.............
Agha Ata Dec 13, 2012 01:34pm
The Army has absolute power in FATA. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely!
Jamshed Khan Dec 13, 2012 10:40am
Zero tolerance for human rights abuses, but which army in world isn't guilty of human rights abuses? I would love to see one example.
S Dec 13, 2012 09:02pm
Agree, but some of us can now see through the western propaganda, lets just do our bit in uniting the Muslims and leave rest to ALLAH (SWT)
Danial Dec 13, 2012 06:54am
And what about the US Army killing innocent children in Afghanistan for fun ? Where is the report on that ?
Ali Hassan Ayub Dec 14, 2012 06:42pm
ISPR does not report national news;just army events, briefings about meetings with foreign officials; or info/updates on issues of importance - like the rescue of our troops of Northern Light Infantry who were BURIED ALIVE after an avalanche. I think the nation has a right to know their perspective - dont you think? Any anti-Army rhetoric or propaganda is ANTI-PAKISTAN in nature and shall not be tolerated. They are the sons and daughters of the soil.
Shan Dec 15, 2012 04:01pm
But they are TRUE and I am a Pakistani who is saying that. I see the example of it all around me. Avoiding the truth has gotten us the honor of the most backward nation on earth. It is our loss and not our enemies.
Feroz Dec 13, 2012 07:22am
The Judiciary has not been able to sentence a single member of the Military for alleged torture, enforced disappearance or deaths in custody. Nothing else need be said about the kind of justice provided to ordinary citizens of the country.
Adil Jadoon Dec 15, 2012 06:19am
I dont think there is any army or politician one can trust.
Kaiser Waziri Dec 13, 2012 07:02am
Pakistan must investigate unlawful detention and torture by its military and award exemplary punishment to these criminals!
Furqan Dec 13, 2012 12:29pm
kia karay. in ko poojay?
Saadia Dec 13, 2012 08:59am
If they use force then they are human right abuser and if they don't use force then they are friends of Taliban and helping terrorism against West.
Aarif Dec 13, 2012 06:51am
I agree that outdated FATA laws from British colonial period should be discarded and law and democracy should be extended to all tribal areas. However, Amnesty International has a very selective vision. They fail to see depredations of TTP terrorists, and also shut their eyes to illegal use of drones to kill many people extra-judiciously, including women and children, not to mention innocent male civilians, who are automatically considered terrorists.
Hussain Dec 13, 2012 06:42am
Good, so there is a blind eye to killings with drones but yes Pakistan Army is guilty. There is all legal detention in Guetanamabay but Pakistan Army is guilty, CIA can kill civilians in Lahore but yes Pakistan Army is guilty.Supporting Syrian rebels is ok to kill any body but yes Pakistan Army is guilty......What a fun of this nation is being enjoyed
Asif Kahsmiri Dec 13, 2012 09:49am
I think Pak Army is right, for God Sake what else do you want from them?
Hindu Dec 13, 2012 12:27pm
excellent, so first stop spreading rage against Indian army..
Talk4real Dec 13, 2012 07:19am
Amnesty International should also visit Guantanmo Bay....I would be anxiously awaiting their report / findings on it....;)
Gazoo Martian Dec 13, 2012 01:58pm
you said it brother. I notice there are some people commenting here who have nothing to do with Pakistan but commenting it.
BB Dec 13, 2012 02:20pm
No matter what mistakes they might have made or whatever that is that they have been known for, Pakistan Army remains the only force that has till yet saved Pakistan from breaking apart, and that is why all these anti Pakistan agents and forces are spreading blind lies about them, trying to inflict hatred among us civilians against our army. Long Live Pakistan Long live Pak Army!
saad rehman Dec 13, 2012 12:45pm
I think your lost this a Pakistani news network not some crappy indian news broadcaster. So please if you are so angry at us leave this website.
muzammil ullah khan Dec 13, 2012 03:37pm
I entirely agree with what the Army says . I hope the CJP and his crew concentrate on arranging to make laws that help in the prosecution and hanging of the terrorist and putting their supporters in the lockups for long long time .
andy fr dc Dec 13, 2012 03:25pm
Mr Khan : The answer to your question is simple: Everyone outside of Pakistan knows what Pakistan is doing. No one forced Pakistan to hide OBL or regrow the Taliban. The rest of the world sees Pakistan for what it is, that is why no one cares about your losses, they are self inflicted.
Husain Jan Dec 13, 2012 07:14am
In addition to the govt, the courts also, surprisingly, seem to be helpless when it comes to allegations of the relatives of missing persons as cases are heard but nothing concrete comes out in their decisions. No heads have ever been heard to have rolled even when dead bodies are returned.
Jennifer Dec 13, 2012 11:33am
Well ,the root cause is a few misguided missiles who in their quest for heaven want to make life hell for others on this earth...wonder why lowest literacy is prevalent amongst the Muslim world and highest rate of violence.....while the world has moved on , muslim community is still debating and deciding as to what is haram and what is,dance,birthday celebrations etc...
Javed Dec 13, 2012 03:27pm
Certainly not Amnesty Internaional....
MSAlvi Dec 13, 2012 11:45am
Very true. But, TTP and Al-Qaida has to be eliminated by some one. That some one is Pakistan army. You cannot sue fire brigade for fighting fire!
MSAlvi Dec 13, 2012 11:36am
This song is being sung by every Pakistani and all the time. Question comes to mind, "What are you going to do about it?"
Abdul Aziz Khan Dec 13, 2012 03:25pm
I dont know what planet you are living in Jennifer but is the Muslim countries today who have the most rapidly increasing scientific output per year. Iran is the first in the world and Turkey is the second (as per report by Inst of Scientific Information). Western countries particularly US is dropping behind science at a very rapid speed and even the present state of science in US is being contained by Asian and South Asian immigrants. Furthermore Muslims in USA have shown a higher education rate than non Muslim mainstream.
Abbas Dec 13, 2012 08:55am
I am a pro Pakistani and a anti war person .......but when it come to the respect of the army I know one thing army Made a lots of mistakes but that doesn't give any right to any news agency to distroy or spread rage , or ruin the image of Pakistan armed forces. Good or bad the young and old soldiers and officers are all our Pakistani brothers.
Honest Babe Dec 13, 2012 08:13pm
Amnesty International has been criticizing the US government about Guantanamo for years. Looks like you have not been reading newspapers.
Sunni Dec 13, 2012 11:50am
i cant believe the comments below even if yyou werent involved in the murder of these civilians you basically are justifying them. which will make you guilty in the court of Allah Subhanahu wataaa laa Nationalism is dead when your army which was ARMED to PROTECT is murdering its own people. our enemies must be having Laugh
Asif Kahsmiri Dec 13, 2012 10:47am
well said mate....
Mustafa Razavi Dec 13, 2012 03:36pm
We have several root causes, but there are two large ones. With a name like your's, you are probably referring to the misguided religious extremists, which of course is one of the problems. The other problem is misguided racial extremists who believe nuclear weapons belong to a certain race and would like to denuclearize Pakistan. I know that it is a popular mantra that we should not blame others for our problem, but this mantra is mostly being chanted by those who are the other problem. Now that India has become a larger economic superpower than China and USA put together (I surmise that from the comments of Indians on Dawn), I do wonder where do the Indians find the time to comment on Pakistani fora, they certainly outnumber Pakistanis on our fora, as you can tell by the ratings on this article.
iqbal hussain Dec 13, 2012 03:40pm
Did Amnesty International release any report over the death of over 200 thousands civilians in Iraq by Nato based on the fabricated intelligence reports?
Umar Khan Dec 13, 2012 11:01pm
I would say if there is any hope, it would be Imran Khan as the leader of my country :)
J.Sandhu Dec 13, 2012 02:15pm
Gerry trust in God, Jesus lovs you.
A. Khan Dec 14, 2012 03:25am
And of course, we have the ISPR to tell us the absolute, whole and nothing but the truth about everything.
Solomon2 Dec 14, 2012 03:01am
" a spokesman for the armed forces said that the by the London-based human rights group has issued a
Rafiq Ahmed Dec 14, 2012 02:25am
The US Security Forces (their police departments, ATF and Homeland Security) also carry on regular harassment and imprisonment of their own minorities on a regular basis. Over 3.2 Million American citizens are languishing in Prisons and Jails, which is 1% of the population of United States, which is more than the incarceration rate of any other nation in the World.
Munir Ahmad Dec 14, 2012 02:22am
Sorry that's not an excuse for army to take law into their own hands. If it is valid for army then it should be valid for all the citizens of Pakistan, and they should start taking law into their own hands and start killing and looting and intimidating people. For ordinary citizen of Pakistan faces equally daunting challenges if not more to their everyday life than what army is facing.
Rafiq Ahmed Dec 14, 2012 02:21am
Exactly, they are Damned if they Do and Damned if they Don't. This is the exact same policy of certain World Powers that have been responsible for all these Arab Spring escapades in the Middle East which have set back Women's rights in countries like Libya, Tunisia, Iraq, Syria and Egypt by at least 50 years. Actually these so called Democratic Revolutions have destroyed the very infrastructure of these countries and these powers would like to do the same with Pakistan and some of our wanna be Intelligentsia will cooperate with these forces to further their own selfish agenda's
Rafiq Ahmed Dec 14, 2012 02:14am
After all the Army was in charge when the present Government of Pakistan was elected. Todays Pakistan Army is a lot different from the corrupt Pakistan Army of the past. We need to have some confidence and not fall for the antics and agenda of foreign forces out to destroy Pakistan under the guise of Do-Gooders.
Abbas Syed Dec 14, 2012 02:14am
One has to go back into newspaper archives of 1971 to see similar statements of rejection and denial by government and military establishment on the reports by foreign press international agencies of brutal crack down on the people of what use to be East Pakistan.
Munir Ahmad Dec 14, 2012 02:07am
Dear Abbas, no one has the right to ruin army image but army has the right to kill and abuse it's own citizens?
Munir Ahmad Dec 14, 2012 02:05am
Jamshed Khan, your question should be "which army is guilty of human rights abuses against it's own people?". I guess you were thinking of Israeli or US atrocities but they are not against their own people. This great honor goes only to armies of Muslim countries, like Iraq (under Saddam), Libya (recently) and now Syria!
Shahgee Dec 14, 2012 01:22am
Americans and Russians are the biggest violators of human rights in wars.
Shahgee Dec 14, 2012 01:21am
Pakistanis support the military and reject the biased HR reports, criminals have no rights.
Raj Dec 14, 2012 01:19am
Yes they are your brother who killed your other brethren. That is your internal matters and nobody has right to say anything. Wait till they come to kill you and your death will be statistical interest to media,government and next day nobody will even remember you !!!!!!!
caramelizedonion Dec 14, 2012 12:52am
Umm, the elections are not under the Army's control. Thanks for putting a spin on the issue, nice try.
Pahalwan Dec 14, 2012 12:48am
Instead of rectifying the situation, our beloved army is hellbent on making life miserable for the citizens, from Baluchistan to Bangladesh... atrocities after atrocities.... meddling in Afghanistan and India as well as Iran... a plague that has ruined Pakistan!
Arvind Dec 14, 2012 12:31am
I wonder who the world will believe?? Certainly not the Pakistani Army
APC Dec 14, 2012 12:14am
Pakistan Army is so right in each and everything they do and nuts like you all turn your back on it. Your army's inability put you under drone age.
Saleem Kazmi Dec 14, 2012 12:08am
I think no matter how bad we should start listening and accepting the truth for a change. It will help us improve our future actions. Not accepting will not take us anywhere.
Guest Dec 13, 2012 11:15am
100% agreed
Ali Hassan Ayub Dec 13, 2012 09:00pm
We ALL trust and salute our armed forces. And you as an outsider dont need to worry about our internal affairs. Not your concern AT ALL. Regards.
Ali Dec 13, 2012 11:04pm
Pakistan is full of corrupt politicians and army generals more than any other civilized nation on this planet
Suresh Dec 13, 2012 11:29pm
The difference is in Pakistan Army controlling "everything" including Government. In other countries, Government controls "Army".
Haroon Dec 13, 2012 11:29pm
Yes ladies and gentlemen, our bravey army is telling the truth that this propaganda to defame them. Hahhahahah the greatest truth of all time.
Tahira Dec 13, 2012 11:16pm
Stop blaming the army or any one else. Only the sinless and pure may raise a finger at some sin of another. Here is my suggestion to ask forgiveness of the Maker for what I see as His displeasure with the nation. Everyone should go and embrace as a brother, one declared non-muslim who has suffered from injustice in the country for disagreeing with muslims on some point. Follow the excellent example of the Holy Prophet. You should also embrace people of other religions as Humans created by God and deserving a peaceful life in the country they love. May be it is their bleeding hearts that Allah sees and pities. If genuine regrets and forgiveness is asked of these people, it may succeed in obtaining Allah's forgiveness and saving the country.
Nulla Dec 13, 2012 10:26pm
So What you think to trust over there ? Tel me about it
Ady Dec 13, 2012 07:27pm
Very well said.
Ady Dec 13, 2012 07:25pm
How can someone rate this down? What is their logic?
sohaib Dec 13, 2012 04:24pm
Absolutely agreed. There are apologists in our ranks who take everything coming from west as gospel truth. west is their religion. They dont understand that human rights, freedom, liberty, democracy are the catch words for imperialism to perpeutate and sustain itself in the undeveloped world where our country is situated. Army does not conduct an operation, its bad, its in allegiance with the Taliban. Army conducts an operation, its bad, it commits human rights abuses. So that makes me think that drones are very good as they are coming from the god of the fake liberals here.
Aamir Dec 14, 2012 06:03am
Well scrbed. Agreed
muzammil ullah khan Dec 13, 2012 03:40pm
Allah Talaah will not forgive the killers of innocent people in the name of Islam which the terrorists are busy doing . Allah Talaah is with the Army and those who are fighting these misguided terrorists and their supporters who are actually helping the enemy by weakening the state and indulging in all kinds of heinous crimes .
Talat Dec 13, 2012 04:29pm
Dear Umair, the courts free people because there are no hard evidences against them. Collecting evidences is the job of police and presenting them in a convincing manner in a court is the job of public procesutors ( in simple words, those lawyers that are recruited by the government for fighting its cases). Now police and public prosecutors are both under the provincial government not under the judiciary. Also, to tell you that laws are also not made by judiciary, rather by federal and provincial legislatures. So I think you are a bit harsh on judiciary, for the shortcomings of the police and provincial government prosecution department, and for the loopholes of the laws that are made by legislatures.
AZAD Dec 13, 2012 02:19pm
Always in denial, this is something habitual!
Cyrus Howell Dec 13, 2012 04:34pm
Only which law?
Anony Dec 13, 2012 07:57pm
take your anti-muslim views elsewhere please.
Pakistan Dec 13, 2012 11:06am
Two wrongs do not make one right....
Zain ul Abideen Dec 13, 2012 05:06pm
Its like the Urdu proverb: "the thieves are shouting" The army needs to start writing checks like the "respectable armed forces" of the world. I am not denying the abuses but its ridiculous to accuse our forces while thousands of them sacrificed their lives.
Umar Khan Dec 13, 2012 08:49am
Well done Amnesty International. It seems Amnesty is just another tool of USA like UN to politicize every party like Pakistani Army is Evil, everyone who lives in FATA is Evil, Drones are Good, USA is supporting peace everywhere and the list goes on and on. Why no one ever speaks of the death toll of Pakistani civilians and army men in Afghan war? Why no one speaks for the aggressive nature of USA Army in more than a 100 countries of the world but they are very quick to point out "defensive" approach of Pakistan Army? Why they only see people picked up by Pakistan Army and not USA like Dr. Afia? Why noone speaks of AMERICAN RAMBO Raymond Davis killing 2 people on crowded Mall Rd of Lahore in broad daylight as a blatant act of terrorism? Why no punishment is given to him for killings yet he is arrested for a plain parking ticket, only because the wrong parking was done in USA and Pakistan is just a battleground for them? It makes sense for them to use every tool they have to win the war be it the media or the people's minds but it kills me more than anything that the soul representative of my identity, my nation, my dear rulers of my country, the owners and the leaders of Pakistan share the view of protecting everyone except Pakistanis. Of course they have more important issues to "discuss" about, not even implement, like splitting provinces for their constituency sake and not for administration purpose, discussing about the history and how everyone ruined it and not doing anything, carelessly throwing money on laptops, what else could you expect from a person who can not make a speech without reading from the note, to decide Pakistans future? Foreign policy? Education? They are the only ones to be blamed for each and everything going on in the country right now. Someone from outside (Amnesty or others) should be the last ones to tell us about our issues. Alas, only if anyone was sincere with the country!
S Dec 13, 2012 08:51pm
Really? How abt 100s of misguided drones killing civilians? Or 1000s of misguided soldiers who killed and raped innocents in Iraq and Afghanistan? Or where were ur human rights when innocents in gaza were being killed. Westerners need to stop this hypocrisy, it's getting too visible. And btw look around ur societies and see how many issues u have, from mothers putting their babies in microwaves to abortion laws to child sex. Live ur and life and let us live ours
umair khan Dec 13, 2012 11:12am
latest news is this...29 persons have been proved guilty by our judicial system in swat, a conflict which eaten up thousands of paksitanis and injured several thousands others.and not to mention the millions of all this havoc and only 29 persond proved guilty rest all are released honorably by the courts.till the time our judicial doesnt start functioning properly this kind of reports will keep on coming.
ahmed khan Dec 14, 2012 11:55am
yes , but everything anyone says about our political class is always true! aint it?
Cyrus Howell Dec 13, 2012 04:18pm
Amer Dec 13, 2012 08:15am
The army is above the law. If they can torture ordinary citizens of Rawalpindi by stopping traffic everyday when they commute to and from the GHQ and JSHQ the tribal areas are must be a playground for them.
Murtaza Ali Dec 13, 2012 08:12am
Appalling and disgusting - Pakistan came on being on the name of Islam but it turned in to a draconian state where rights of ethnic and religious minorities are violated with frequency.
Waqas Dec 13, 2012 08:09am
Oh so now when we detain terrorist, its a human right violation??? what about Guantanamo???
Dilawer Dec 13, 2012 08:08am
Rule of law should be supreme.
sturkman Dec 16, 2012 08:13pm
Not 200,000 but Amnesty had accused USA of causing deaths of 2 million Iraqis.