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Pakistan disgusted over torture of Iraqi prisoners - Spokesman

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, May 2, IRNA -- Pakistan Foreign Office reacted Sunday with 
shock to pictures of torturing of Iraqi prisoners saying it was 
"horrified" to see these shocking images. 
"Our revulsion over the sadistic and shameful treatment being 
given to the prisoners is shared by people across the globe," 
Spokesman Masoud Khan said quoted by the state APP news agency. 
The news of US and British occupying soldiers torturing their 
Iraqi victims were first revealed to the world through disclosures by 
US based CBS television and later by London`s Daily Mirror. 
Pictures of hooded Iraqi prisoners and those being tied to 
electric wires, urinated upon, naked and piled on one another have 
shocked the world. 
Sentiments in the Islamic World is running high at the sight of 
fellow Muslims being tortured in shameful manners. 
The US administration has ordered an inquiry into the torture and 
six personnel have been suspended pending an investigation. Britain is
also carrying out an investigation into reports that Queen`s troops 
stamped and urinated upon Iraqi suspects. 
"President (George W.) Bush has himself expressed disgust and the 
US government has given assurances that those responsible for these 
acts will be investigated and brought to justice," the spokesman 
said quoted by the agency. 
The revelation of the photos of torture and inhumane treatment 
has reportedly come from "insiders" to show why the US-UK coalition 
was encountering anti-occupation resistance in Iraq. 
Meanwhile, Iraqi prisoners faced numerous "sadistic, blatant and 
wanton criminal abuses" by U.S. soldiers, including sodomy and 
beatings, according to a U.S. Army report quoted by the New Yorker 
magazine. 
The New Yorker said it had obtained a 53-page, internal U.S. 
military report into alleged abuses at the notorious Abu 
Ghraib prison outside Baghdad. In an article posted on its Web 
site on Saturday, the magazine said the report had been 
authorized by Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the top U.S. officer in 
Iraq, and was completed in February. 
The May 10 issue of the magazine goes on sale on Monday. The 
army report listed abuses such as "breaking chemical lights and 
pouring the phosphoric liquid on detainees; ... beating detainees with
a broom handle and a chair; threatening male detainees with rape; 
allowing a military police guard to stitch the wound of a detainee who
was injured after being slammed against the wall in his cell. 
Written by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, the report said evidence 
included "detailed witness statements and the discovery of extremely 
graphic photographic evidence." 
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