April 18, 2021, 8:32 am
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Extrajudicial killings on violating High Court ban

Extrajudicial killings in reported incidents of crossfire or gunfight go unabated in violation of a High Court order passed in 2009 to stop such killings while four High Court rulings questioning such killings have been awaiting disposal for long, even 14 years in two cases.

From 2004 to July 31, 2020, at least 3,204 people were killed in reported crossfires or encounters or gunfights, according to rights organisation Ain o Salish Kendra’s annul reports and Bulletin 2020 posted on its website.

The bulletin said that 207 people were subjected to extrajudicial killings in 2020 until July 31.

Supreme Court lawyer and rights activist Shahdeen Malik told New Age on Friday that government law officers’ indifference and lack of interest in taking steps for the disposal of the rulings meant that it was a government policy decision to carry out extrajudicial killings as means to improve law and order.

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