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Mazari says Muslim community in Europe facing impediments to practice religion freely

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari on Tuesday said that the Muslim community in European states had been facing the impediments to practice their religion freely and they had been deprived of basic human rights. "We do have the serious issues in this regard and everyday human rights situation is becoming worse," she said during a meeting with a delegation of European Union headed by Jean-François Cautain Ambassador of the European Union to Pakistan in Islamabad. The delegation was comprised of…

Pakistan fought war on terrorism from its own resources: Aizaz Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON: Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Chaudhry on Friday responded to the decision by the US to cut Pakistan's security aid, by saying that Pakistan fought the war on terrorism from its own resources and must be appreciated. Ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry said that the US-Pakistan cooperation in fighting terrorism has helped serve US interests such as defeating Al-Qaeda in the volatile border region with Afghanistan. "We are engaged with the US Administration on this issue and await further details.…

Pakistan rejects designation in watch list for religious freedom violations

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Friday rejected the designation of Pakistan in the 'Special Watch List for severe violations of religious freedom' by the United States. In a statement, the Foreign Office stated that the report is not based on objective criteria and this placement on special watch list is a new categorisation, and they would seek clarification from the US regarding its rationale and implications. It further stated that the designation overlooks the significant achievements of Pakistan in the area of…

America places Pakistan on watch list for religious freedom violations

WASHINGTON: The U.S. 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 to receive U.S. 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,…

US commission report on religious freedom shows ‘double standards’

WASHINGTON: The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has once again displayed its double standards by targeting certain countries for violating religious freedom with the exception of India. The US commission ranked Pakistan and China among the countries where religious freedom is under attack, excluding India despite the fact that it refused to allow an USCIRF delegation to visit India to get the actual picture of religious freedom there. In a handout released on Tuesday, the commission criticized…

Trump says his travel ban needed to ensure US religious freedom

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump defended his order to temporarily bar entry to people from seven majority-Muslim nations, which has come under intense criticism at home and abroad, saying on Thursday it was crucial to ensuring religious freedom and tolerance in America. Trump, speaking at a prayer breakfast attended by politicians, faith leaders and guests including Jordan's King Abdullah, said he wanted to prevent a "beachhead of intolerance" from spreading in the United States. "The world is in trouble, but…