Pakistani human rights activist Nasreen Azhar, second left, addresses the audience in Islamabad. File photo/ AP
Pakistan’s independent rights body says last week’s abduction of an activist may be a case of forced disappearance and that he might have been taken or imprisoned by state security services.
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan raised the alarm on Thursday about the Nov.13 abduction of Idris Khattak.
Khattak has worked for Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. His driver reported he was seized by unidentified men from the car while they were travelling in Pakistan’s volatile northwest. No one has claimed responsibility for the abduction.
Rights activists in Pakistan are often arrested or abducted and secretly held on suspicion of links to so-called anti-state elements.
Prominent activist Gulalai Islamil recently fled the country to avoid harassment by security agencies and surfaced in the US in September, seeking asylum.
Pakistani police say an activist known for his online criticism of the country's military and politicians has been killed by unknown assailants in a wooded area of the capital, Islamabad.
Romana Bashir, who heads the Peace and Development Foundation, a non-governmental organisation working on women's rights, said it was "a wonderful safeguarding measure."
After four months on the run, she succeeded in eluding a vast hunt and she has turned up in the United States
France was on Friday preparing for a second day of travel cancellations and school closures as unions warned there would be no let-up in the strike called to protest planned pension reforms.
Indian police shot dead four men on Friday who were suspected of raping and killing a 27-year-old veterinarian in the southern city of Hyderabad last week, a senior police official told Reuters.
Hong Kong’s police chief has urged citizens to demonstrate peacefully ahead of what is expected to be a large-scale pro-democracy march on Sunday, an event planned amid a lull in violence in the Chinese-ruled city.
His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, praised the efforts exerted by the members of the previous session of the Sharjah Consultative Council (SCC), highlighting their distinguished role in promoting the society’s advancement and ensuring various services to the public.