Shocking: Latest video shows brutal sexual assault by Pakistan forces
Islamabad: A video which has surfaced which purportedly shows Pakistani armed forces personnel physically abusing four blindfolded men. The video follows a recent video which showed a paramilitary trooper shooting and killing a teenage youth in a park in Karachi.
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The new video, posted on social media sites like Facebook this week, shows a man in fatigues sexually assaulting and beating at least four blindfolded men whose hands are bound to window and door frames.
The man, who is seen grinning, is aided by another man wearing shalwar-kameez.
The blindfolded men's screams and the laughing of someone off-camera are audible in the video, media reports said today.
Though the authenticity of the video could not immediately be ascertained, it has emerged at a time when the Pakistani armed forces are facing intense scrutiny for several incidents of extra-judicial killings and abuses.
Paramilitary troops and policemen were filmed gunning down five unarmed foreigners, including a pregnant woman, in the southwestern city of Quetta last month after declaring them "suicide bombers".
It was later established that none of the foreigners had weapons or explosives.
Last week, a TV cameraman filmed a paramilitary Pakistan Rangers personnel shooting Sarfraz Shah, 18, at point blank range in a park in Karachi.
The youth was left to bleed to death, the video repeatedly aired on news channels showed.
Police claimed Shah was an armed robber who was killed in an exchange of fire but the video clearly showed he had no weapon.
Brigadier Syed Azmat Ali of the Inter-Services Public Relations told The Express Tribune newspaper that the army is aware of the new video.
"There are many such videos. It is part of a dedicated campaign," he said.
Ali said there were "so many elements" who could be behind such a campaign.
"We will have to verify if the video is true or not.
Naturally, the verification process has started," he said.
Ali said the video appeared to have been filmed in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
Another video posted on social media sites last year had purportedly shown Pakistani soldiers executing six blindfolded men.
Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani had ordered an inquiry into that video but no findings have been made public so far.
US ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson had said that there was evidence that human rights were being abused in Pakistan, a 2009 US Embassy cable released by WikiLeaks showed. The Pakistan Army and Frontier Corps in military operations in Malakand Division and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas were largely accused of inflicting abuse.
With inputs from PTI