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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Pakistan rejects US blacklist of violations

AFP, Islamabad

Pakistan yesterday rejected Washington’s decision to place it on a blacklist of countries that violate religious freedom, branding it “politically motivated” and defending its treatment of minorities.

“Pakistan does not need counsel by any individual country (on) how to protect the rights of its minorities,” a statement from the foreign ministry said, adding that Islamabad “rejects” the designation.

The statement came a day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that he had designated Pakistan among “countries of particular concern” in a congressionally mandated annual report.

The move means the US government is obliged to exert pressure, including imposing sanctions if necessary, to end freedom violations.

 

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