Even as Pakistan claims to have reined in terrorists and also moving towards democratic society, an independent Pakistani watchdog criticized the country’s human rights record over the past year.
The report highlighted how the nation is turning a blind eye towards forced disappearances as well as on women’s rights and protection of religious minorities.
The damning report card issued by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan says people continue to disappear in Pakistan, sometimes because they criticize the country’s powerful military.
The disappearances may also be when the people advocate better relations with neighboring India.
The Human Rights agency also held that controversial blasphemy law continues to be misused especially against dissidents.
While deaths directly linked to acts of terrorism declined in 2017, the report says attacks against the country’s minorities were on the rise.
Religious conservative organizations continue to resist laws aimed at curbing violence against women.
But religious minorities in Pakistan continued to be a target of extremists, it said, citing attacks on Shiites, Christians falsely accuse of blasphemy and also on Ahmedis, a sect reviled by mainstream Muslims as heretics.