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ISPR Claims BBC Story On Human Rights Abuses In Tribal Areas A ‘Pack Of Lies’

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Monday said that a BBC story about alleged human rights abuses in the tribal areas is a “pack of lies”.

The military media wing added that the report (which was published on June 2) “carries conjecturing implicating Pakistan Army without any proof”.

The story, titled Uncovering Pakistan’s secret human rights abuses, quotes local rights activists saying that “scores of civilians have been killed in successive air campaigns and ground operations by the military. They have been collecting video and documentary evidence to back up their claims.’”

The report also quotes Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), Manzoor Pashteen. “It has taken us almost 15 years of suffering and humiliation to gather courage to speak up, and to spread awareness about how the military trampled our constitutional rights through both direct action and a policy of support for the militants,” said Pashteen.

PTM has played a major role in bringing to light the right human rights violations that occurred in the tribal areas during Pakistan’s long ‘war on terror’ and its ramifications.

The BBC reporters write that they met with a local, Nazirullah who lost four family members, including a three-year-old girl, when the army blew up his house in a strike meant to target top militant, Adnan Rasheed.

“It was early in 2014 when TV news networks trumpeted a major victory in the war against the Pakistani Taliban – the killing of one of the group’s most senior commanders in a night-time air raid. It turned out a year later that the jets had hit the wrong target – Rasheed confirmed this when he emerged in a video to prove he was alive,” the report states.

“It must have been 11pm or thereabouts…It was as if the house had exploded. My wife and I were shaken out of our sleep. There was a strong smell of gunpowder in the air. Both of us rushed to the door and stepped out, only to discover that the entire roof of our room had already collapsed, except a corner where our bed was,” Nazirullah told the reports.

The ISPR has denied this story saying it was “void of the context and understanding of the prevalent environment at that time”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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