Pakistan placed on the religious freedom violators list by US
Pakistan has been once again placed on the list of countries of particular concern (CPC) by the United States as announced by US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken.
CPC is a list in which all those countries are placed which the US thinks do violate religious freedom.
Pakistan was first added to the list in 2018 by the government of Donald Trump.
Joe Biden administration has also retained the name of Pakistan this time in the CPC list.
The list has been updated as the US also added Russia to the list meanwhile Sudan’s name has been removed from CPC.
The official statement from the office of Secretary Antony reads, “I am designating Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, the DPRK, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan as Countries of Particular Concern for having engaged in or tolerated systematic, ongoing and egregious violations of religious freedom.”
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Cuba, Comoros, Algeria and Nicaragua are placed on the special watch list by the Joe Biden led government.
Since 2002, US authorities were suggesting putting Pakistan’s name on the list, finally, the suggestion was accepted in 2018 by the Donald Trump government.
However, it should be mentioned that India’s name has not been placed on the list even after the advice from the secretary’s office.