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Enforced Disappearances in Pakistan

War on Terror to War on Dissent

The disappearances of human rights and political activists are indicative of the regime of surveillance and punishment operative in Pakistan today. Past military regimes were infamous for being intolerant of dissent, but it is under democratic rule that enforced disappearance seems to have taken an organised form. What began as a military tactic to counter militant groups in the north-west of Pakistan has gradually become an instrument to curb political dissent and public speech.



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