Foreign office summons US diplomat to protest over religious rights list , Pompeo exempts Pakistan from sanctions claims American Ambassador

Islamabad , December 12 (Online): Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned Deputy Chief of USA’s Embassy and recorded its protest over putting the name of Pakistan into black list regarding religious independence.
The sources told this scribe that Additional Secretary (USA) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Aftab Ahmed Khokar handed over a communiqué to US Deputy Chief at Islamabad Embassy , John Hover in which it is mentioned that the minorities enjoy full religious liberty in Pakistan .
There could be financial embargoes on Pakistan over the report issued by US State Department, but in this regard the Ambassador of USA Sim Brown said that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had issued exemption from sanctions for Pakistan.
Pakistan has made it clear to USA that Pakistan does not need any type of lecture regarding her religious rights.
“How America can ignore the human rights violations on religious grounds in Indian occupied Kashmir. Moreover the abuse of religious right in India is also disregarded”, FO’s letter added.
In this connection the spokesman of US Embassy Richard said that the American diplomat has assured Additional Secretary Khokhar for transmission of Pakistan’s protest in black and white to Washington.
It is pertinent to mention here that USA has put the names of Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia China, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Myanmar, Eretria and North Korea in the black list under International Act for Religious Liberty 1998. The US in her report showed reservations on the behavior with religious minorities in these countries. US says that purpose of putting in black list is to exert pressure on these states regarding religious rights.
Pakistan rejected the allegation leveled against her and termed the report ‘one sided’ and based on political partiality .

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