Pakistan Military Accused Of Conducting Revenge Killings

September 15, 2009

Mingora (ChattahBox) – Human rights groups and civilians have come forward with claims that the Pakistani military has been conducting revenge killing that have seen as many as 250 murdered and left in the streets.

The military has been maintaining that it is civilians causing the deaths through revenge killings, a practice that is common in the region.

But civilians and human rights groups alike are countering these claims with their own, stating that it is the army conducting the torture and murder of those they suspect having been in league, or supportive of, the Taliban.

According to various news sources, the death toll could be up to 250, but many are suspecting the number to be higher, as an increasing number of bodies turn up in the streets of Swat Valley with the same marks and method of execution.

The bodies appear to have suffered extensive torture, before being shot in the neck or head, sometimes having had their faces covered by black cloth.

“There are no extrajudicial killings in our system. If something happens, we have a foolproof accountability system,” Col. Akhtar Abbas, the spokesperson for the military within Swat was quoted by The New York Times.

But various stories have been released about people being taken by security forces, only to be found some time later, dead in the street.

One such story was of 28-year-old Akhtar Ali, who was taken from his electronic store early this month and held by the military, according to a petition filed by the man’s family.

The petition alleges that the family when to the army’s headquarters the next day, and were told that he was in their custody. A few days later they returned to be told that he would be released the next day.

At 6 A.M the next morning his body was allegedly dumped on their doorstep. The mother described in the petition that he had been repeatedly hammered with nails all over his body, and burned with cigarettes.

The military has promised an investigation into the alleged incident, and that if found to be credible the man involved would be punished “whatever the rank”. However, they still maintain that the killings are being done by civilians.

The accusations have cast yet more doubt on the relationship between the US and Pakistan’s military, which is being run primarily by America due to the lack of strong leadership after the expulsion of the Taliban.

Congress is currently arguing against continued support for the army is Swat. Likewise, the relationship has created much anger and discontent within Pakistan.



One Response to “Pakistan Military Accused Of Conducting Revenge Killings”

  1. sikander on September 15th, 2009 4:56 pm

    Interference in Pakistan’s national affairs is increasing every day and there is a need to put an end to this.

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