Pakistan gov't slammed for not tracing detainees

January 8, 2007 15:32


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Pakistan's Supreme Court on Monday criticized as insufficient efforts by authorities to trace at least 16 people believed to be held by Pakistani intelligence agencies for suspected links with Islamic militants. Judge Mian Shakirullah Jan, adjudicating a legal case brought by relatives of the missing, accused the government of wasting time. He said the efforts of "concerned authorities" to trace the missing "are not satisfactory" and urged them to "speed up." Pakistani human rights activists and relatives have been holding protest rallies for the past several months, demanding the release of dozens of men believed to have been clandestinely snatched by the Pakistani intelligence agencies.

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