LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) condemned the murder of its coordinator Zarteef Afridi in Khyber Agency, in a statement issued on Thursday.
Afridi who was killed on Thursday morning, had been working with the HRCP since 1991.
The rights body, while expressing grief over the ‘brutal killing’ of its coordinator, called upon the government to apprehend the culprits.
In the statement, the Commission condoled with Afridi’s family and called him a ‘tireless human rights defender’.
The news of Afridi’s death came hours before the HRCP’s press conference in Lahore, to launch the 2011 ‘Observatory’ annual report on the protection of human rights defenders.
The director of HRCP, IA Rahman said during the media briefing that Afridi had received several threats by terrorist groups but he continued his work to promote human rights in the conflict-ridden region.
Condemning the murder, Rahman added that people working for the promotion of human rights faced tremendous dangers particularly those working in the tribal areas.
The HRCP called upon the government to take steps for protecting the lives of the human rights activists.