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Group Accuses Pakistan Fighters of Killing and Torturing Farmers

Pakistani paramilitary forces have killed at least four Pakistani farmers, tortured dozens of others and arrested hundreds more in a violent dispute with tenant farmers over ownership of fertile land controlled by the Pakistani Army, according to a report to be issued Wednesday by an American rights group. Researchers for the group, Human Rights Watch, interviewed 30 children of farmers who said paramilitary fighters, known as rangers, arrested and tortured them as a way to pressure their parents to yield to the army’s demands, the report said. The group, which is based in New York, also said that paramilitary forces pressured three couples into divorcing, fired the relatives of some farmers whom they deemed uncooperative and at one point blocked the news media from having access to the victims.Full Story

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