Terrorism related deaths in Pakistan decreased 45% in 2016: HRCP

Terrorism related deaths in Pakistan decreased 45% in 2016: HRCP

ISLAMABAD: Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) reported that deaths linked to terrorism in Pakistan dropped 45 percent in 2016 compared to 2015 while the federal parliament made 51 laws during the year, more than double the of the last year's output of 20 laws.

The annual report of the commission titled, `State of Human Rights in 2016' released here on Wednesday.

Spokesperson HRCP, renowned Human Rights activist Asma Jahangir claimed in Gilgit-Baltistan, out of the 23 cases of murder registered during the year under consideration, 13 cases were linked of honour killing.

At least 187 women, 40 out of them in honour-related crimes, were murdered in the first 10 months of 2016 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Punjab police said they killed 340 criminals in at least 291 encounters. Sindh police said 248 robbers and other criminals, 96 terrorists and 11 kidnappers were killed in encounters.

Law enforcers claimed to have killed at least 229 suspected terrorists and kidnappers in different raids in Balochistan province, 315 in FATA, 40 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and four in Gilgit- Baltistan.

The report added that ordinances promulgated by the president decreased from 12 in 2015 to six in 2016 while provincial legislatures adopted 81 laws, a significantly low output compared to the 120 laws enacted in 2015.

With 30 laws enacted, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, followed by Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan. (APP)

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