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US’ places Pakistan on violators of religious freedom list

ISLAMABAD: FO here on Wed rejected the designation of Pakistan by US among “countries of particular concern (CPC) under its Int’l Religious Freedom Act, terming it an “arbitrary and selective assessment”.

FO maintained that the designation was completely against the realities on the ground and raised doubts about the credibility of the process, citing the glaring omission of India from the blacklist. FO held that such subjective designations did not contribute towards promoting the cause of religious freedom worldwide.

Chairman PUC and SRPM on Religious Harmony Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi on Wed regretted that the US has arbitrarily designated Pakistan as “countries of particular concern” (CPC) under its Int’l Religious Freedom Act.

In a statement, he said “it is regrettable that the United States has included Pakistan in the list of countries violating religious freedom.” He said that the Constitution and law of Pakistan gives full right to religious freedom to all citizens.

Contrary to the facts, the US Commission on Religious Freedom has included Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in this list.
The US State Department and the Commission on Religious Freedom have not seen any action by India and Israel against religious freedom.

Leadership of all religions and religious schools of thought will hold an important press conference in this regard in Lahore on Friday, December 11 to discuss the report and narrate the real situation before public.APP | YouTube Channel



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