The human rights group (AI) has called on Pakistan’s government to end what it calls the growing practice of disappearances enforced by the state.
In an August 29 petition on its website, the human rights organization alleged the disappearances have increased dramatically since Pakistan joined the American war on militancy after the September 11, 2001 airliner attacks on the United States. Those detained — including activists, journalists and students — are sometimes found dead, with signs of torture. Thousands may have fallen victim to the practice, it said.
“The Prime Minister of Pakistan who controls the security agencies needs to urgently step in to address this human rights situation,” AI said on its website.
Pakistan’s army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said: “There has been no military operation conducted in Baluchistan since 2008. There is infighting going on between various militant groups, and they are kidnapping and killing each other”.