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Pakistan activists welcome new human rights taskforce

Kamran Chaudhry |  29 September 2017

Rights groups in Pakistan have welcomed the establishment of the nation's first human rights task force but remain to be convinced that it will change anything for persecuted minorities.

"The task force shall include members of civil society, journalists, priests, pastors as well as Islamic scholars," said Minister for Human Rights and Minority Affairs Khalil Tahir Sandhu at a Sept. 7 press conference. "They shall review the progress of provincial departments on a quarterly basis and recommend capacity building initiatives and seek data to assess the human rights situation in Punjab."

 


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