US're-designates' Pakistan as 'country of particular concern' for religious freedoms.


Washington -- The United States Department of State on Wednesday re-designated Pakistan on a watch-list of countries deemed involved in persecution and discrimination on the basis of religion or belief.

According to a press release issued by the state department, the US government identified Pakistan as a "Country of Particular Concern" for having engaged in or tolerated 'systematic, ongoing, [and] egregious violations of religious freedom".

Acting under the US International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, the state department also listed Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan on the watch-list.

Pakistan has been re-designated on the watch-list despite taking measures aimed at improving the treatment of minorities in the country, and reducing discrimination based on religion or belief.

In November this year, Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the Kartarpur Corridor with India to facilitate pilgrims visiting Gurdwara Kartapur Sahib in Pakistan, one of the religion's holiest sites.

Last year, the Supreme Court in...

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