Pakistan denounces blacklisting by U.S. for religious freedom violations

A man walks past a wall of a shipping container's yard painted with a national flag ahead of Pakistan's Independence Day, in Karachi

FILE PHOTO – A man walks past a wall of a shipping container’s yard painted with a national flag ahead of Pakistan’s Independence Day, in Karachi, Pakistan August 6, 2018. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Source: Reuters

By Asif Shahzad

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan on Wednesday denounced the United States for placing it on a list of countries violating religious freedoms, calling the designation politically motivated.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday added mainly Muslim Pakistan to the U.S. list of “countries of particular concern”, which have violated religious freedoms or tolerated abuses against religious groups.

The move is likely to put further strain on relations between Islamabad and Washington, who have repeatedly clashed over how to deal with Islamist militants waging war in Afghanistan.

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