Pakistan: Operation has done little to improve law and order, says HRCP

Ammar Shahbazi

Although the federal and provincial governments like to claim that the law and order situation of Karachi has improved since a targeted operation was launched in the city in September last year, the actual numbers paint a different picture.

Of the 153 people killed during the past month, 73 victims (48 percent) were “non-political persons”, according to a report released by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP). The number of dead bodies found in the city in the month of January alone is a staggering 44.

Human rights activists say that extrajudicial killings by law enforcement agencies are partly to blame, and the statistics speak for themselves – 27 of those 44 were killed in ‘police encounters’, a number that is officially accepted by LEAs. (more…)

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