US downgrades Pakistan in religious freedom rankings

US downgrades Pakistan in religious freedom rankings

The regime of Trump has abdicated the possible penalties on Pakistan. Even though Pakistan is among the list of demoted nations due to the violation of rights to religious freedom.

On Tuesday, Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State said that Pakistan is amid the list of countries that are specifically a cause of concern. This is because Pakistan is very weak at providing the minorities with religious freedom which is their definite right. Pakistan had already been under close surveillance regarding this issue. As a result, the US government is bound to take action against the blacklisted nations. This is done to ensure that offenses regarding religious autonomy are brought to an end.

According to a report by Associated Press, Pompeo has abandoned the likely penalties on Pakistan.

China, Eritrea, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan are also among the blacklisted countries. These were also included in the list in 2017. Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan are the countries that were exempted from the penalties.

Sam Brownback, the US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom is quite optimistic that Imran Khan’s regime would make this situation relatively better for Pakistan. He addressed the reporters on a conference call to provide an explanation for Pompeo’s findings. The US State Department’s intention to put the country under blacklist was strongly opposed by Pakistan. It was called as ‘unilateral and politically motivated’.

The Foreign Office responded to the US statement by saying that their decision is doubtful and biased and was surely not consulted with anyone.

It further elaborated that Pakistan strongly believes in religious freedom and that it has always been considerate towards the minorities.