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Pakistan criticised on human rights

The Pakistan government is failing to protect its citizens, especially religious minorities, according to the country's leading human rights group.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan criticised the government as it released its annual report for 2010.

The report provides the year's statistics taken largely from media accounts. It underscores the poor security in a nation wracked by a Taliban insurgency.

The report also highlights violence against religious minorities, including attacks that killed 99 members of the Ahmadi sect. It notes that security agencies often violate citizens' rights, such as through extra-judicial killings.

Commission officials said political parties must work together to improve human rights instead of playing power games.

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