Former Congressman Frank Wolf, Distinguished Senior Fellow at 21Wilberforce, said that "Pakistan is a signatory of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, but they have treated the responsibilities associated with it casually and with no consequences". In spite of having some sanctions lifted, Sudan makes the list, as usual.
He also placed Pakistan on a special watch list for severe violations of religious freedom. There are definitely other countries that should be on this list, but it is a good start.
For the past 15 years, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has recommended that the US government designate Pakistan as a Country of Particular Concern (CPC) for its egregious human rights and religious freedom violations against Ahmadis, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and Shi'a Muslims. The law was passed during Bill Clinton's administration as an initiative to make religious freedom a key objective of us foreign policy. The new watch list designates countries that engage in or allow severe violations of religious freedom but do not rise to the level of a CPC. All 10 countries were re-designated on December 22.
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has been advocating for designating Pakistan as a CPC since 2002.
The law was passed during the Clinton administration as part of an effort to make religious freedom a key objective of US foreign policy.
The FO said Pakistan will continue to work with the global community to ensure that internationally agreed standards on religious freedom are observed in Pakistan and the broader region. "This is a new categorisation and we are seeking clarifications from the United States side regarding its rationale and implications", he said in a statement. "The U.S. should never shrink from calling out countries for such abuses", Royce said.
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"The United States remains committed to working with governments, civil society organizations, and religious leaders to advance religious freedom around the world", it said.
There's also no doubt that Pakistan belongs on the violators of religious freedom Special Watch List. or even the CPC.
Late last month, Pakistan's military warned the US against the possibility of taking unilateral action against armed groups on its soil, after Rex Tillerson, US secretary of state, urged Pakistan to do more to "defeat terrorist organisations".
This placement on special watch list is a new categorisation and we would be seeking clarification from the USA regarding its rationale and implications, he added.
Pakistan, which is an Islamic republic, has been under scrutiny for its treatment of religious minorities in the country.