Pak features in US commission's list of world's most religious discriminatory countries



Lahore, May 2: The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has listed Pakistan as a 'country of particular concern'.


The list includes name of such countries where the governments have been unable or unwilling to counter religious violence, and discriminate against people on religious basis.

With Pakistan's name also featuring in the list, it now joins countries like Iran Iran, Iraq, China, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Vietnam, as being the world's biggest and worst violators of religious freedom and human rights.

The commission, which is funded by the US Government, also states in its report that Pakistan's intelligence services maintain deep relations and provide logistical support to the Taliban and other violent extremist groups, such as the Lashkar-e-Taiyaba (LeT).

The report also has quotes some unnamed Pakistani and international experts who have put a stamp on the nefarious connection.

One of the major and disturbing facts that the report mentions, is about the involvement of madrassas in catering to the needs of the terrorist groups.

"Many madrassas in Pakistan provide ongoing ideological training and motivation to those who take part in violence targeting religious minorities in Pakistan and abroad," the Daily Times quoted the report, as stating.

The report also highlights that there is still no government control on the sources of funding of the madrassas.


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