Pak Army rejects Amnesty's 'fabricated' report on abuses as 'pack of lies'

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 14, 2012 06:20 hrs

Pakistan's military has rejected a report by Amnesty International accusing it of human rights abuses on the Afghan border, calling the allegations 'fabricated and biased'.

A spokesman of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), while refuting the allegations, termed the Amnesty International report a pack of lies and part of sinister propaganda campaign against Pakistan and its armed forces.

"It is a biased report based on fabricated stories twisted to serve an agenda," the Daily Times quoted the official, as saying.

Pakistan Army launched an operation against militants in the tribal areas or FATA after local and international pressure when the security of the country was in danger.

In the report, "The Hands of Cruelty - Abuses by Armed Forces and Taliban in Pakistan's Tribal Areas," the watchdog said the military is using new security laws and a colonial-era penal system to act with impunity in the northwestern, semi-autonomous region where Taliban and al Qaeda-linked violence is concentrated.

"The military has arbitrarily detained thousands for long periods with little or no access to due process, said the report, based on interviews with victims, witnesses, relatives, lawyers, officials and militants," the group claimed in its report. (ANI)

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