Pak rejects US  charge of violating religious freedom

 

J K News Today

Jammu, January 5

Pakistan has rejected US  designating it  as a severe violator of religious freedom and has decided to seek clarification from  Washington amout such a categorization .

A spokesman of the foreign office  in Islamabad  stated in a release on Friday evening : “ Pakistan rejects the US designation of Pakistan in the ”Special Watch List for severe violations of religious freedom.”

He said that the “ report is not based on objective criteria.”

“This placement on special watch list is a new categorization and we would be seeking clarification from the US regarding its rationale and implications.

 

The designation overlooks the significant achievements of Pakistan in the area of human rights. Pakistan is firmly committed to the promotion and protection of human rights including the right of religious freedom, under its Constitution. “

 

The spokesman went on to  buttress the Pakistani claim of upholding the religious freedom  by claiming further that , “ wide ranging legislative, institutional and administrative measures have been taken by the Government of Pakistan to ensure full implementation of guarantees afforded by the Constitution. The international community is aware of the incremental steps being taken by Pakistan that have brought about positive changes on ground.”

 

“  It is surprising that countries that have a well known record of systematic persecution of religious minorities have not been included in the list. This reflects the double standards and political motives behind the listing and hence lacks credibility,” the spokesman said  in his mischievous interpretation about other countries.

 

“Pakistan will continue to work with the international community to ensure that internationally agreed standards on religious freedom are observed in Pakistan and the broader region,” Pakistan gave a sort of undertaking  to ease tensions with the U S that has  cut its security aid running into thousands of US  dollars.

 

 

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