HRCP concerned over Lyari situation
LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Monday expressed concern over the sufferings of the civilian population in Lyari, where law enforcement agencies’ operation against organised crime has been going on for several days.
The commission said, “HRCP is not in a position to comment on the nature and utility of the operation being carried out in Lyari, but it must express its utmost concern over the unbearable ordeal of the people living in the area. Reports have emerged of shortage of essentials and of Lyari residents having no access to electricity, water and other basic provisions, including milk for children. The fact that many people have been forced to migrate amid clashes between law enforcement personnel and their targets and that there are no arrangements to provide them shelter is intolerable. The education of children has been completely disrupted. It is regrettable that the problems of the people that could not have been too difficult to imagine beforehand have not received due attention.”
The HRCP urged relief organisations to continue to supply food and other basic provisions to the people. The commissions urged the authorities concerned to ensure access to hospitals and transport for the people in the area and take precautions to save the people from being caught up in the crossfire.