‘Widespread’ torture by police in Pakistan condemned by United Nations

‘Widespread’ torture by police in Pakistan condemned by United Nations

UN urges Pakistan to ‘incorporate into its legislation a specific definition of torture’ to be applied without exception

A UN committee has condemned the “widespread practice of torture” in Pakistan by police, the military and intelligence agencies in a report published on Friday, and called on Islamabad to implement urgent reforms to the law.

“The police engage in the widespread practice of torture throughout the territory … with a view to obtaining confessions from persons in custody,” the UN Committee against Torture wrote in its first report on the situation in the country, made public after months of investigation.

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