The Pakistani army allegedly transgressed human rights and committed retaliatory killings following the end of its anti-Taliban offensive in the Swat Valley, The Washington Post reports. The newspaper quoted a report by New York-based Human Rights Watch, which said the alleged abuses could cost Pakistan billions of dollars worth of U.S. economic and military aid.
Most U.S. assistance to Pakistan is under congressional conditions that require the administration to guarantee the country’s observance of human rights norms and laws, The Washington Post reports. A top U.S. official told the newspaper, on condition of anonymity, that the Obama administration is aware of the allegations and has been regularly updating Congress since last summer regarding measures taken to address them. The administration is “mindful of legislative requirements,” the official added.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson of the Pakistani army denied the alleged abuses, which Human Rights Watch said included torture, demolition of houses, inexplicable disappearances and illegal detentions.