If Shafqat Hussain hangs, whole system may be found guilty along side him

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Shafqat Hussain’s case took on international attention when the question of his age was raised. This has caused some confusion in Pakistan where people have posted pictures of the accused with a beard asking how this can be a teenager. This misses the point completely which is not that he is a teenager now but that he was a teenager over a decade ago when he was convicted for his alleged crime. Global human rights groups including those that have previously been highly favoured for speaking against drones have demanded the execution be stopped and termed his trial as “farce”. In Pakistan, that farce continues today and the state appears to be completely dysfunctional in its handling of the case.

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CIA Torture Report: When Will Islamabad Follow Suit?

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In a historic moment that many thought would never been seen in our lifetime, the US government released the results of a secret investigation into allegations of torture by CIA. The shocking report has placed the CIA chief under immense pressure for covering up alleged abuses and officials are now calling for those responsible to be brought to justice. The popular reaction to this report is that America has ‘lost moral high ground‘. There is no question that torture is morally unjustifiable, but there is something to be said for admitting when you have a problem and working to change it. With that said, when will Islamabad follow suit?

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