State Department Flags Pakistani Human Rights Abuses

Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Pakistani army soldier at his post in South Waziristan near the Afghan border. (Naseer Mehsud/AFP/Getty Images)

According to a recent report from the State Department, Pakistani security forces are illegally rounding up political activists and unarmed fighters. In the last decade, thousands of people have been held without charges, tortured and killed, the report says. Many of those detained are members of the Baluchistan separatist group, which has battled the Pakistani government for independence for decades. The State Department report marks a new push by the Obama administration to urge Pakistan to address human rights abuses.

Eric Schmitt, terrorism correspondent for our partner The New York Times, speaks with us about the alleged abuses and their impact.


Eric Schmitt

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Andrea Swalec

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