- Religious Freedom
A number of influential United States Senators have recommended that Pakistan be designated – ‘country of particular concern’. The reason for this recommendation is that the country has recorded a number of violations of its religious freedom. The list of Senators backing this recommendation includes Marco Rubio, the Republican elected from Florida, and former presidential candidate, Todd Young, a Republican from Indiana, and James Lankford, a Republican from Oklahoma. The group is bipartisan, with Senator Chris Coons from Delaware, Jeff Merkley from Oregon, and Bob Menendez from New Jersey signing the letter. All three are elected Democrats. They urged Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State, to utilize all tools available to him to make sure that religious freedom is followed in Pakistan and in accordance with American foreign policy.
The signatories of the letter stated that Pakistan should be designated as CPC by the State Department. The Pakistani Government continues to tolerate and also perpetrate egregious, systematic, and ongoing violations of religious freedom. The country has discriminatory laws and constitutional provisions…