HRCP wants action beyond rhetoric to curb militancy

LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has voiced condemnation and grave concern over the murder of 10 foreign climbers and a Pakistani in Gilgit-Baltistan and called it a serious crisis in the region.

In a statement on Monday, the HRCP said, “The killing of foreign mountaineers in Gilgit-Baltistan raises very serious concerns for a number of reasons. Like killings of Shias last year in the region, this too was no spur of the moment attack and speaks volumes about the ineptness of security and intelligence apparatus. The killings represent a serious deterioration in a region incited by sectarian bloodshed and schisms. Gilgit-Baltistan had thus far been considered one of the safer parts of northern Pakistan for tourists and tourism had been the mainstay of the local economy.

The Taliban and a linked sectarian militant group have claimed responsibility for the killings, which the interior minister has described as an intolerable attack against Pakistan by those hell bent on destroying the country.

“Actions against these elements so far do not demonstrate much commitment to saving the country from the feared destruction,” the HRCP statement said, adding the question arises whether where do we go from here and how do the authorities and society cope with those who are mercilessly killing people.

While condemnation of such heinous attacks through parliamentary resolutions and otherwise is vital and taking concrete steps to bring the perpetrators to justice and preventing recurrence is what really counts. HRCP said launching no clampdown against militancy was a failure to challenge growing intolerance in society, and reacting with mere rhetoric after every incident of bloodshed won’t harm the enemies of Pakistan.

Source: Daily Times

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