Pakistan rejects US State Department's unilateral & arbitrary designation under religious freedom report

10:40 AM | 25 Dec, 2019
Pakistan rejects US State Department's unilateral & arbitrary designation under religious freedom report

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has rejected the US State Department's unilateral and arbitrary designation under the religious freedom report announced on December 20, by declaring that the pronouncement was not only detached from ground realities of Pakistan.

The foreign office spokesperson said in a press release that "The designation is reflective of selective targeting of countries and thus unlikely to be helpful to the professed cause of advancing religious freedom".

It said Pakistan was a multi-religious and pluralistic country where people of all faiths enjoyed religious freedom under the constitutional protections.

"All branches -- the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary -- have made concerted efforts to ensure that all citizens of Pakistan, irrespective of faith, denomination, caste or creed, can profess and practice their religion in full freedom. The higher judiciary of the country has given landmark judgments directing on ensuring the sanctity and security of places of worship of minorities," it maintained.

It said Pakistan had also engaged with the international community, including the United States, for better understanding on religious freedom issues.

"It is regrettable that this constructive engagement has been overlooked," the spokesperson added.

Challenges to religious freedom were a global concern and only cooperative efforts could help address them. For its part, Pakistan has also raised concerns over the growing trend of Islamophobia in many Western countries including the United States.

"Working together in an environment of trust and understanding is the best way forward in realizing the objective of promoting and protecting religious freedom," the press release added.

It further said the subjectivity and bias of the State Department's designations are further illustrated by the conspicuous omission of India, the biggest violator of religious freedom.

It said that the US Congress has held two hearings and more than seventy US legislators had publicly expressed concerns over India's treatment of Kashmiris and prolonged suppression of their fundamental rights in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K).

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, the UN Secretary-General in New York, and several European Parliaments had similarly expressed their concerns, it added.

In today's India, people belonging to minority communities were being lynched, persecuted and killed with impunity.

The National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the recently adopted Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) were the latest examples of the Indian government's actions to discriminate against people and evidently paved the way towards cleansing of society on the basis of religion, it said.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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