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US prevented disclosure of Pakistan’s human rights abuses so US aid program would not be questioned

US intelligence reports said senior Pakistani military and intelligence officials knew of and possibly ordered a broad campaign of extrajudicial killings of militants and other adversaries, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday, adding that public disclosure of such information could have forced the Obama administration to sever aid to the Pakistani armed forces on account of a US law that prohibits military assistance to human rights abusers.

These reports are based on communications intercepts from 2010 to 2012 and other intelligence in classified documents provided to it by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

The documents indicate that administration officials decided not to press the issue so as to preserve its relationship with Pakistan which was already frayed at the time.

Pakistan’s military has often been accused in the media of conducting extrajudicial kills and campaigns of intimidation against its perceived enemies, particularly in Balochistan. The NSA’s surveillance found evidence that the allegations were spot on, but because revelations of human rights abuses would’ve complicated the ongoing US aid program to Pakistan’s military, they let the matter slide



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