Pak military involved in mass 'extra judicial' killings in Swat ?

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New York, Sep.15 (ANI): While the Pakistan Army has claimed success in its offensive against the Taliban in the Swat and Malakand Divisions by killing scores of militants, human rights activists and local residents have blamed the security forces of carrying out indiscriminate killings in the region.

Recently hundreds of bodies were dumped onto the streets in Mingora. Eye witnesses said it appeared that those who were killed were subjected to torture, which has raised questions over the Pakistan military's actions, The New York Times reported.

While the military has admitted that the bodies have turned up, it has vehemently denied its role in 'extra judicial' killings.

"There are no extrajudicial killings in our system.If something happens, we have a foolproof accountability system," said Army spokesman Colonel Athar Abbas.

The Army has termed the whole issue as 'revenge killings' by civilians, but Swat residents denied such claims, the report said.

"There have been reports of extrajudicial killings by the military that are of concern," This will not help bring peace," said former Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Sherpao.

The Human Rights Commission, a non-governmental organization, argued that all the victims had not been killed by civilians, saying there are credible reports of retaliatory killings by the military, it added.

However, some people have other views regarding the killings.her Shah Khan, a well known landlord of the region, said people would hardly raise any objection to the killings as the Taliban also used to massacre innocent persons in the same manner.

"If the security services kill in the same manner as the Taliban killed, people have no problem," Khan said. (ANI)

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