Pakistan ex-president Musharraf says UK gave ‘tacit approval’ to use of torture

[JURIST] Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf said that the UK gave “tacit approval” for torture of terror suspects, making the statements in a BBC documentary. Musharraf’s claims raise questions over UK’s public stance discouraging other countries from torturing UK citizens on its behalf. Musharraf, who was president of Pakistan from 1999-2008 and a key US ally against al Qaeda, told the BBC that he was never informed of the UK’s policy discouraging torture and defended the use of torture to fight al Qaeda. Claims that the UK allowed torture by other countries will be investigated by an independent commission set to begin work within the next two months.

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