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Pakistan dismisses British human rights report as "flawed"

04-02-2011 14:33 BJT

ISLAMABAD, April 2 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan rejected a British human rights report as flawed for ignoring positive developments in the country and said the government effectively addresses all problems,official sources said Saturday.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague in the 2010 Human Rights and Democracy report, said that Pakistani government was " marred by corruption, lack of transparency and lawlessness."

"We will continue to intervene on human rights issues in Pakistan where we believe we can make a positive difference," the report said.

Responding to a question regarding the 2010 Human Rights and Democracy report by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Foreign Office spokesperson said that Pakistan is today a free, transparent and democratic society where all issues including social and economic as well as those relating to governance are being effectively addressed.

"Regrettably, the report omits the positives," the spokesperson said in a statement.

The report also blasted the justice system in Pakistan and said this sector is "under-trained, often politicized, corrupt and under resourced."

The report said the rule of law remained weak in Pakistan and this weakness was linked to many of the challenges faced by Pakistan - from the effective protection of human rights to poverty reduction and good governance.

"Nevertheless, the essential ingredients of a pluralistic democratic society that values human rights are amply in evidence in Pakistan today," the Pakistani spokesperson said.

She said that these need neither acknowledgment nor judgmental affirmations by outsiders.

"Our democratic institutions and our national ethos guarantee a bright future for Pakistan," she said.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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