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Rights group cautions Pakistan over rise in extremism

Lack of attention to governance and indifference towards the people’s rights has caused deep resentment

Rights group cautions Pakistan over rise in extremism

Paramilitary personnel remove tires, which were burnt by extremists in southern Karachi, in this file photo. (Photo by AFP)

October 11, 2017

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Pakistan's independent human rights group has warned of growing resentment and frustration among citizens over the dismal state of human rights, misuse of blasphemy laws and enforced disappearances.

"Lack of attention to governance and indifference towards the people's rights has caused deep resentment and frustration among the citizenry, which all institutions must urgently wake up to address," the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said in a statement, following its executive council meeting Oct. 8.

"We believe it should be a wake-up call for everyone. … The actions of all those who have contributed to undermining civilian rule and allowed space to undemocratic forces bear responsibility for the unfolding chaos," it said.

The warning came as Pakistan's banned terrorist group Jamaat-ud-Dawa, accused of carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks that left 166 people dead, launched its political front "Milli Muslim League" and contested a recently held by-election in Lahore.

Rights groups have since warned the state institutions against attempts to mainstream extremist groups.

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