Daily Archives: September 21, 2012

Balochistan being Talibanised, UNHRC told

By Murtaza Ali Shah

GENEVA: Balochistan’s unofficial representative to the United Nations Mehran Baloch has alleged that the restive province is being “Talibanised” by the establishment to further religious and ethnic divisions to weaken the nationalist and progressive forces.

Baloch was speaking at a seminar he organised here on Thursday at the Palais Des Nations, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) headquarters, which was attended by a large number of human rights campaigners, NGOs and delegates from various countries.

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U.N. abductions team tells Pakistan to end impunity for military

Olivier de Frouville chairs a Geneva-based U.N. panel that monitors allegations of state-sponsored disappearances around the world during a news conference with panel member Osman El Hajje in Islamabad

By Matthew Green – Reuters

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – U.N. experts urged Pakistan on Thursday to investigate allegations that security forces had abducted hundreds of people and take steps to hold powerful intelligence agencies to account.

The remarks are likely to irritate the military establishment in Pakistan, where Western allies mostly avoid making public statements over the disappearances for fear of antagonizing generals who exert huge sway over foreign policy.

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