WASHINGTON (AFP) - Pakistan's human rights record remains poor with serious problems in prison conditions and the treatment of women, although the situation is improving, the US State Department said Wednesday. In an annual global report, the State Department said that the key US ally in the "war on terror" experienced major problems in 2008 with extrajudicial killings, torture and disappearances. But the report said the number of politically motivated disappearances declined last year, during which military leader Pervez Musharraf - who had imposed a state of emergency - stepped down. "Despite some improvements after the state of emergency at the end of the previous year, the human rights situation remained poor," the United State Department report said. It said that prison conditions were "extremely poor" due to serious overcrowding and inadequate food. Non-Muslim inmates often had worse conditions and suffered violence from other prisoners, the report said. The United State Department was also critical of the treatment of women, deploring that few men were punished for violence against women including gang rape and so-called "honour killings." Domestic violence was also "a widespread and serious problem," with husbands or in-laws abusing married women including by throwing acid or inflicting other forms of torture, the report said.