Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari on Wednesday criticised the United States’ decision to add Pakistan to its blacklist of countries that violate religious freedoms, calling it a “brazen political tactic to pressure Pakistan to mitigate US failures in Afghanistan.”
A day earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had designated Pakistan among “countries of particular concern” regarding protection for people to worship according to their beliefs.
In an official statement shared today, Mazari said, “It was apparent the US was using this as a brazen political tactic to pressure Pakistan to mitigate US failures in Afghanistan. The timing of this move reflects this most clearly.”
“There is no doubt Pakistan’s record on religious freedom is not ideal but then is the EU’s record much better given the restrictions on churches,