Karachi [Pakistan]February 19 (ANI): The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Sunday expressed concern over the state of law and order in upper Sindh, citing high rates of gender-based violence, slow recovery from flooding, and reports of affected communities and journalists. Security issues, news international coverage.
After the fact-finding mission in northern Sindh, the HRCP said it was concerned about the political and feudal influence on state institutions and institutions, which made people unpredictable about access to justice and affected their awareness of their rights.
The findings were announced at a press conference held at the Karachi Press Club.
The HRCP delegation stated that it has received reports that families affected by the devastating 2022 floods have not received compensation or assistance to rebuild their homes.
According to international news reports, the Qambar-Shahdadkot Deputy Commissioner told the delegation that more than 142,000 homes had been destroyed in the area alone.
In addition, the destruction of a large number of schools has severely disrupted children’s education, and there is little sign that the situation will improve.
Furthermore, HRCP was shocked to learn of at least 300 cases of kidnapping for ransom in Ghotki, mainly targeting women and children, according to international news reports.
With hundreds of checkpoints along the border, residents have also accused law enforcement officers of being involved in such crimes, HRCP chairperson Hina Jilani said.
Citing the incidence of forced conversions, many interviewees said they were now afraid to send their daughters to school lest they be kidnapped, according to international news reports.
The HRCP also noted reports of extrajudicial killings, as well as low police morale, which they say is vulnerable because criminal gangs operating in the area have more advanced weapons than theirs.
While visiting Kandhkot and Jacobabad, two places that appear to have the highest number of Karo Kari (honor killings) in the province, the delegation was shocked to learn that victims of honor killings included underage girls, married women and even older women, International News reports.
Victims’ families have complained of unnecessarily long delays in investigations and court hearings.
After learning that journalists based in Ghotki, Kandhkot and Larkana found it difficult to cover influential people for fear of reprisals in the form of death threats, kidnapping, beatings and FIR falsification, according to international news reports. feel worried.
During its visit to Larkana, the Mission found reports of enforced disappearances to be rampant, with families of victims complaining that they were forced to travel to Karachi to attend successive hearings of the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances, which in many It doesn’t matter financially that it’s feasible for them.
Gilani said the victim’s family also mentioned receiving threatening calls from unidentified persons when reporting such cases. (Arnie)
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