FO ‘rejects’ the US blacklist for religious freedom violations

The foreign ministry of Pakistan on Wednesday rejected the decision taken by Washington to place it on a blacklist of countries that violate religious freedom, branding the move “politically motivated” and defending its treatment of minorities.

The United States’ move to place Pakistan “among countries of particular concern” comes at a difficult time for relations between the nations, with the Trump administration accusing Pakistan of failing to act against Islamist militants on its soil.

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“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.

Ministry further added that Islamabad “rejects” the designation.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the move to blacklist Pakistan in a congressionally mandated annual report released Tuesday.

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