Friday, October 2, 2009

Times have changed

Pakistan's intelligence, defense and security forces have always been shrouded by rumours of rampant abuse. While there have been some judicial inquiries into these allegations (including one on disappeared persons by Chief Justice Iftikhar Choudry), the actions of these forces remain largely unchallenged. Well, things have changed. The emergence of a 10 minute video appearing to show army personnel beating a man detained in anti-militant operations has forced the army to issue a public statement stating that it is investigating the alleged abuse (figuring out how the video got public in the first place).

This is a welcome development. The fact that a youtube video has made the army sweat is a reminder of the fact that Pakistan has indeed changed

Please note that the video contains distrubing content and is not advised for individuals below the age of 18.