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London Telegraph
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Calling on Pakistan’s new government to reveal details about hundreds of missing people who are being held by security forces, the human rights group said Britain and the US had benefited from some of the detentions.

In a new report, Amnesty said partners in the US-led “war on terror”, including Britain, bore a responsibility for condoning or assisting in the “enforced disappearances”, in which Pakistan security forces apprehend and detain people in secret locations.

Amnesty said many people detained by Pakistani agents had been tortured.

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Those picked up included a nine-year-old boy, who was later released, while one man remains under detention after seven years.

It called for the compilation of lists of the disappeared and for Pakistan to either free them or move them to official jails.

Most of the disappearances were made under the regime of Pervez Musharraf, the US-backed president and former army general, before his military government lost elections in February.

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