Police encounters killed more Pakistanis than suicide attacks in 2017

The Human Right Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has slammed the nation’s deteriorating human rights record in a report released Monday, highlighting extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances across the turbulent country.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) report noted that deaths linked to terrorism continued to decline in 2017 but warned of an uptick in violence against so-called soft targets.

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“A study shows more Pakistanis died in incidents described as ‘encounters’ than in gun violence or in suicide attacks,” HRCP said, pointing to research showing 495 people died in what law enforcement called shootouts.

The issue of encounter killings has made headlines for months in Pakistan following the death in January of Naqeebullah Mehsud — a young social media star and ethnic Pashtun — by police in Karachi, who claimed he was a militant.

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