The Asian Human Rights Commission has released a report on the brutality of Police in the PoK region of Gilgit- Baltistan.
The Asian Human Rights Commission has released a report on the brutality of Police in the PoK region of Gilgit- Baltistan. The report suggests that the Police have established a free reign in the region and have tortured and mercilessly beaten numerous individuals in the past. In the Gilgit-Baltistan region, the performance of law enforcement organisations has been reported to be negligible. The report states that the government doesn’t look out for the region and no adequate checks or balances on the society are maintained. This has resulted in the police not using restraint while investigating cases. The police have been reported to have used torture in cases where no such actions were required. They have also been known to extort bribes from the local residents.
The report also suggests that neither the police nor the magistrates follow the rules of remand. It says that most police officers are incapable and do not have a background in the law. The police have been entirely handling the prosecution department in Gilgit-Baltistan which has made it impossible to report torture. The report also claims that since incompetent Police officers prosecute court cases, many criminals often get acquitted. The report states that due to the lack of any legislative apparatus and non-representation at the parliament, the population o the region has become voiceless. the local administration has not been able to rein in the law enforcement agencies, who have been corrupted by the power vested in them by the state.
The Gilgit-Baltistan region was in news due to the protests taken out by the locals as they accused the Pakistan government of contesting rigged elections in the region. Posters had been blackened and flags burnt, during these agitations by the public. The Gilgit-Baltistan region is not represented in the constitution of Pakistan as it forces its rule to law enforcement agencies to subjugate the populace who do not possess any fundamental rights under the de facto administration.