May 9 incidents: ‘US in contact with Pakistan for protection of human rights’

The United States has said that it was aware of the reports about the trial of people — involved in the May 9 riots– in military courts.

During the weekly briefing in Washington, US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said: “We are in contact with the Pakistani authorities regarding the protection of human rights and the rule of law”.

Referring to the government’s crackdown on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leaders and workers following the deadly riots of May 9, after the arrest of former prime minister Imran Khan, he said “human rights, security of journalists, and upholding the rule of law are fundamental priorities for the United States”.

In a previous statement, Miller had stressed that while Washington was closely monitoring Pakistan’s political situation, it maintained a neutral position on electoral outcomes.

Various military installations were attacked and vandalised allegedly by PTI workers during the riots.

After the riots, police and other law enforcers swooped up PTI activists and leaders, and registered cases against them under terrorism charges.

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