Pakistan denounces blacklisting by U.S. for religious freedom violations
13 Dec 2018

Pakistan on Wednesday denounced the United States for placing it on a list of countries violating religious freedoms, calling the designation politically motivated.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday added mainly Muslim Pakistan to the U.S. list of “countries of particular concern”, which have violated religious freedoms or tolerated abuses against religious groups.

The move is likely to put further strain on relations between Islamabad and Washington, who have repeatedly clashed over how to deal with Islamist militants waging war in Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s addition to the list comes despite efforts to end what in recent years has been its most controversial case involving a member of a minority religion.

– By Asif Shahzad, Reuters, 12 December 2018.

Link to Reuters.

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