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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

US slams Pakistan's poor HR record

[b]US slams Pakistan's poor HR record[/b]

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

[b]Islamabad, 10 March, ([/b] The United States has criticised Pakistan's human rights record, calling it "poor" and underlined the "limited progress" in democratisation of the country. The annual progress report brought out by the State Department said, "Pakistan's human rights record continued to be poor, despite President Musharraf's stated commitment to democratic transition and enlightened moderation.

"Restrictions remained on freedom of movement, expression, association, and religion. Progress on democratisation was limited," the report said.

It alleged that Pakistani security forces were engaged in widespread torture, arbitrary arrests and extra-judicial killings with the government making little attempt to put an end to such practices.

"The security forces committed extra-judicial killings, violations of due process, arbitrary arrest, and torture. Corruption was pervasive throughout the government and police forces and the government made little attempt to combat the problem. Security force officials who committed human rights abuses generally enjoyed de facto legal impunity," the report said.

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