Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Balochistan abuses forced into spotlight

ISLAMABAD - An unprecedented open hearing by the United States House of Representatives on human-rights violations in Pakistan's trouble-ridden Balochistan province, coupled with bitter criticism of the Pakistani state by two well-reputed international human-rights organizations for its failure to protect civilians from the security agencies, has raised many eyebrows in the Pakistani military establishment that alleges suspicious motives on the part of the Americans. Amid heightening civil-military conflict in Pakistan's largest province, Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have said that Pakistani security forces and the intelligence agencies are resorting to grave human-rights abuses in Balochistan 

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