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Rights Group Says 2,000 Men Missing In Pakistan

  • RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal

A soldier creates a barrier using barbed wire at a security checkpoint in the Swat valley region. (file photo)

A soldier creates a barrier using barbed wire at a security checkpoint in the Swat valley region. (file photo)

ISLAMABAD -- The independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan says some 2,000 men from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region are missing after military operations there.

The Pakistani rights organization made the statement on October 15, a day after women in Swat held a protest demanding to know the fate of nearly 6,000 men from their area who they say have been missing since a military operation in 2009.

The women blamed the military for the disappearance of the men and called on authorities to provide them with more information.

Pakistani military officials have admitted that some men are missing in Swat but said the figures cited by the protesters are too high.
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