The Senate’s Functional Committee on Human Rights on Tuesday rejected a report submitted by Sindh Rangers regarding the human rights violations in Karachi Operation, declaring it “fake and phony”.
In the report, prepared by a relatively unknown human rights organisation called “Human Rights Commission on South Asia”, Sindh Rangers were given a clean chit.
Sindh Rangers, while referring to the report, claimed that no human rights violations were done by the paramilitary force during ongoing Karachi Operation.
“I have tried to find out the whereabouts of the said organisation, however, it has no office in Pakistan,” Senator Farhatullah Babar said during the senate panel meeting.
Sindh Rangers has obtained a false report by a dubious NGO in a bid to convince the parliamentary body that “it [Rangers] is not involved in human rights violations while conducting operation in Karachi”, asserted Babar.
Babar said that the name of renowned Pakistani journalist Rahimullah Yousafzai was mentioned on the organisation’s website, however, “he [Yousafzai] denied having any links with the said human rights body”.
“The website is being run by a person from Hong Kong, while the only contact number mentioned on the website is of London,” Babar said, adding that the organisation has no physical presence in Pakistan.
The PPP senator further alleged that Sindh Rangers has tried to dodge the committee. “This move by Sindh Rangers has not only damaged its own credibility but also of Pakistan Army,” he maintained.
The members of the Senate committee called for holding an inquiry into the matter of “submission of a false report by Sindh Rangers”. The lawmakers also demanded that report regarding human rights violations should be summoned from a credible organisation.
Chairperson of the human rights committee Senator Nasreen Jalil, while terming it a crucial matter, said that she will initiate appropriate action in this regard.