Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) – The cases of violence related deaths have decreased upto 40 percent across the country with 4,612 deaths this year as compared to 7,622 last year.

This was revealed in a report `State of Human Rights in 2015′ launched here Friday by Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP).

The report stated that anti- state violence dropped below 2008 levels: 706 militant attacks took place,in which 1,325 people including 619 civilians, 348 security forces personnel, 325 militants and 33 pro-government razakars were killed.

HRCP noted that killing of 2,108 men and seven women through police encounters across the country while there were 18 suicide attacks in Pakistan, which 31% less in comparison to last year.

Punjab reported 3,82,932 cases of crime in 2015, 6,622 less than 3,89,554 cases in 2014. Sindh saw a 42pc reduction in the number of murders in 2015 as compared to 2014.

While Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan witnessed 10 and one per cent surge respectively in total crime in 2015 as compared to 2014.

41 terrorist attacks in 2015 (56 in 2014) targeted political leaders and workers in 25 districts of the country, which claimed the lives of 57 people and injured 75 others.

The federal parliament made 20 laws. The president promulgated 12 ordinances, report added.

The provincial legislatures adopted 120 laws. With 40 laws enacted, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had the highest legislative output, followed by Sindh (32), Punjab (31) and Balochistan (17).

The provinces continued to use expanded legislative authority under the 18th constitutional amendment to enact several important laws, but implementation mechanism lagged behind.

Important legislation included Sindh Commission on the Status of Women Act, Balochistan Prevention and Control of Thalassemia Act, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Prohibition of Employment of Children Act. Sindh and Punjab adopted laws with regard to employment of physically challenged citizens, it added.

Giving details about ministry of interior, Kamran Arif Co-Chairman of the HRCP, said 65,000 names were removed from the Exit Control List amid reforms.