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Pakistan regrets US arbitrary classification

India infringes on religious liberty while fostering terrorism in Pakistan, Foreign Office

Islamabad has criticized Washington’s designation of Pakistan as a Country of Particular Concern (CPC) and lamented the omission of India from the list, calling it “detached from ground realities.”

Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch stated during her weekly briefing, “I would now want to voice Pakistan’s serious worry and regret over the US State Department’s unilateral and arbitrary classification of Pakistan as a “Country of Particular Concern (CPC)”.

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FO spokesperson also said that the US rejected the allegations regarding banned organizations while Pakistan has also faced terrorism for a long time. She added that Pakistan was a country affected by terrorism and suffered huge casualties while India was carrying out terrorism in Pakistan.

Responding to the US statement on terrorist sanctuaries in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the spokesperson said that there were no safe havens for terrorists in Pakistan. She stressed that India was involved in state terrorism in Pakistan and the international community should take notice of Indian state terrorism.

Pakistan has also called on the Afghan government to bring to justice those who attacked the Pakistani embassy.

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In the briefing, the FO spokesperson said that the attack on the Pakistani embassy in Kabul was worrisome and Pakistan has conveyed its concern to Afghanistan. She said that Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar had informed the Afghan authorities about its concerns during the visit.

FO spokesperson said that India has been violating religious freedom and brought politics to sports. She also said that India had denied visas to the Pakistani blind Cricket Team depriving them of participating in the World Cup.

Baloch said that she was disappointed with the US decision to include Pakistan in the list of religious freedoms and that India was discriminated against again by not including it in the list. She said that despite the recommendation of the US commission India was not included in the list.


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