Pakistan detained, tortured at CIA behest, finds report

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 06, 2013 11:50 hrs

Pakistan, along with 54 countries, assisted the CIA in its secret detention and extraordinary rendition programme, conducted outside the US and designed to place detainee interrogations beyond the reach of the law, according to a rights advocacy group.

The report by Open Society Foundations marks the most comprehensive list of countries that helped the US in what critics saw as excesses by then president George W Bush's administration following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, reports The Express Tribune.

Bush authorised "extraordinary rendition" - the transferring of individuals without legal process - to allow US and foreign intelligence agencies to interrogate alleged extremists outside the protections ensured on US soil.

The report said that Pakistan captured, detained, interrogated, tortured, and abused individuals subjected to CIA secret detention and extraordinary rendition operations.

According to the report, Pakistan allowed the use of its airports and airspace for flights operated by Jeppesen Dataplan that were associated with CIA extraordinary renditions.

Detention facilities in which detainees were held at the behest of the CIA include the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)'s detention facility in Karachi, which was allegedly used as an initial detention and interrogation point before detainees were transferred to other prisons.

There has been no official investigation in Pakistan into its complicity in CIA extraordinary renditions and secret detentions, the report noted.

The report called for accountability both in the United States and overseas, saying there was "no doubt" that Bush administration officials authorised what it called human rights violations.

Many of the cases involve countries that have long fought militants on their home territory such as Afghanistan, Egypt, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. The report also listed close US allies such as Australia, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and Thailand. (ANI)

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