London: The Commonwealth has expressed serious concerns over the "credible" and "extremely worrying" reports of death threats to Pakistani rights activist Asma Jahangir.

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma, after receiving inputs in this regard from various Commonwealth parties including the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, is in touch with the Chair of Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group as well as the Pakistan authorities, apart from Jahangir herself for the past several days, the Commonwealth Secretariat said in a statement.

Sharma, who has been assured by authorities of adequate steps for Jahangir's security, has expressed hope for a thorough and published investigation of the situation.

Further steps were being considered that may be warranted from a Commonwealth perspective. Jahangir herself had been associated with the Commonwealth organisation as a member of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons' Group, the statement said.

Meanwhile, the Commonwealth has also expressed grief over the killing of more than 30 Pakistani civilians in the last two days of terrorist attacks.


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