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Violating Religious Freedom
By:Afsara Sheikh, Beijing
Date: Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 7:12 pm


WASHINGTON (Dunya News) – Accusing Pakistan of violating religious freedom, the United States on Tuesday added Pakistan to its blacklist of countries, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

China and Saudi Arabia are among countries added to a US blacklist of nations that violate religious freedom.

Pompeo said he has designated Pakistan, China, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan as "Countries of Particular Concern" in a congressionally mandated annual report.

The development comes a year after the US State Department put Pakistan on a watchlist without legal consequences.