US places Pakistan on an uncommon watch list ‘for extreme infringement of religious opportunity’

The United States has put Pakistan on a unique watch list “for serious infringement of religious flexibility”, a public statement by the US State Department said on Thursday.

The move comes days after US President Donald Trump said Pakistan had given the US only lies and double dealing, in spite of Washington giving it more than $33 billion in help.

“In very many places the world over, individuals keep on being abused, treacherously arraigned, or detained for practicing their entitlement to flexibility of religion or conviction,” Thursday’s discharge perused. “Today, various governments encroach upon people’s capacity to adjust, change, or revoke their religion or conviction, venerate as per their religion or convictions, or be free from intimidation to rehearse a specific religion or conviction.”

The announcement likewise re-assigned Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan as “Nations of Particular Concern” — a yearly work on as indicated by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.

Being on the watch list implies Pakistan is a stage far from being incorporated into the “Nations of Particular Concern” list.

The rundown incorporates “governments that have occupied with or endured efficient, continuous, and horrifying infringement of religious opportunity.”

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