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pakistan watchdog says country failing on human rights

islamabad — an independent pakistani watchdog criticized the country's human rights record over the past year in a new report released monday, saying the nation has failed to make progress on a myriad of issues, ranging from forced disappearances, to women's rights and protection of religious minorities.the damning report card issued by the human rights commission of pakistan says people continue to disappear in pakistan, sometimes because they criticize the country's powerful military or because they advocate better relations with neighboring india.the controversial blasphemy law continues to be misused, especially against dissidents, with cases in which mere accusations that someone committed blasphemy lead to deadly mob violence, it said.while deaths directly linked to acts of terrorism declined in 2017, the report says attacks against the country's minorities were on the rise.the 296-page report was dedicated to one of the commission's founders, asma jahangir, whose death in february generated worldwide outpouring of grief and accolades for the 66-year-old activist who was fierce in her commitment to human rights."we have lost a human rights giant," u.n. secretary general antonio guterres said following jahangir's death. "she was a tireless advocate for inalienable rights of all people and for equality - whether in her capacity as a pakistani lawyer in the domestic justice system, as a global civil society activist, or as a special rapporteur ... asma will not ...