US places Pakistan on watch list for ‘severe’ religious freedom violations


WASHINGTON DC: The US State Department has placed Pakistan on a special watch list for “severe violations of religious freedom,” it said on Thursday, days after the White House said Islamabad would have to do more to combat terrorism and receive US aid.

The State Department also said it had re-designated 10 other nations as “countries of particular concern” under the International Religious Freedom Act for having engaged in or tolerated egregious violations of religious freedom.


The re-designated countries were China, Eritrea, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

They were re-designated on December 22. “The protection of religious freedom is vital to peace, stability, and prosperity,” the department said in a statement.

“These designations are aimed at improving the respect for religious freedom in these countries.”

US President Donald Trump has criticised Pakistan for not doing more to combat terrorism, and his administration has informed members of Congress that it will announce plans to end “security assistance” payments to the country.

Pakistan has said it is already doing a lot to fight militants and summoned the US ambassador to explain a tweet by Trump that said the United States had been foolish in dispensing aid to Islamabad.


  1. The phrase glass houses springs to mind. Should we ask the black population of america hoe they feel about their freedoms having been violated? Or should we ask the all but instinct native red indians how they feel about their non existent freedom let alone violating it, lol. Americas ignorance and arrogance is amusing to the point of hypocrisy irony and so far beyond. But this is the final roar before the fall, of a state that has peaked like all past superpowers ( egyptians romans moghuls british etc ) and is now preparing its own gradeur fall from grace. What a shame. Thought we had a few more years lol

  2. Persecution of minorities in Pakistan is huge concern and UNHRC has consistently avoided the issue succubming to pressure from Islamic block in UN.

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