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PAKISTAN: Human rights graveyard

Tuesday, 01 October 2019 |  Sandhya Jain The Pakistan Army has enjoyed too much impunity for ostensibly serving Western strategic interests. But now, it is apparent that it cannot provide Washington with a safe Afghan exit Gulalai Ismail, activist for women’s empowerment and Pashtun human rights, escaped to the US in September after four months in hiding after denouncing the  Pakistan Army ’s alleged involvement in sexual violence and disappearances. Expressing anxiety for her parents left behind, she said, “I do not see a prosperous Pakistan until the military establishment decides it needs to go back to its barracks.” Unfortunately, the Army sees itself as the guarantor of a security state and the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement, like the Baloch activists, is now in its crosshairs. West Punjab-dominated Pakistan is now in open conflict with activists from Balochistan, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, even Gilgit Baltistan. All are highlighting the atrocities being perpetrated by the Pakista