Pakistan rejects US spiritual report, calls it ‘biased’

Pakistan on Friday rejected a report by the US State Division on Worldwide Spiritual Freedom, calling it a “compendium of unsubstantiated and biased assertions.”

In keeping with a press release issued by the International Workplace, “The report’s phase on Pakistan is a compendium of unsubstantiated and biased assertions. As a matter of precept, Pakistan doesn’t help such nationwide experiences making observations on the inner affairs of sovereign States. Pakistan, due to this fact, rejects these observations.”

“Pakistan is a multi-religious, multi-cultural and pluralistic society the place folks of various faiths reside collectively. Their contributions to society add to its richness and variety. Their rights are assured underneath the Structure of Pakistan. These constitutional ensures are underwritten by a vigilant judiciary that has demonstrated resolve to guard the elemental rights — together with spiritual freedoms — in latest excessive profile circumstances,” the FO added.

The international workplace additional mentioned Pakistan is implementing a complete “Nationwide Motion Plan on Human Rights” which focuses on, coverage and authorized reforms, entry to justice, implement key human rights priorities, implementation of worldwide and UN treaties and the implementation and monitoring mechanism for the Motion Plan.

“The funds to the tune of PKR 750 Million have been allotted for implementation of the Plan,” the assertion mentioned.

The assertion additional mentioned, Pakistan has at all times performed a optimistic function and engaged the worldwide neighborhood together with the US. “With a view to have higher and mutual understanding of the difficulty of non secular freedoms, that are underneath stress world wide. Pakistan is of the view that every one international locations are obliged to advertise spiritual concord and have an obligation to guard their residents in accordance with nationwide legal guidelines and worldwide norms,” the assertion mentioned.

The assertion added {that a} evident discriminatory facet of the report is that it has ignored the systematic persecution of minorities, notably Muslims, in India, and particularly Indian occupied Kashmir the place they’re subjected to alien domination and international occupation.

“Pakistan has typically raised its personal considerations internationally together with with the Western governments and the US over the rising development of Islamophobia in their very own international locations. On the United Nations, OIC and different platforms, Pakistan will proceed to be a part of world efforts to fight spiritual intolerance, discrimination primarily based on faith and perception and Islamophobia,” the international workplace added.