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Pakistan ‘disenchanted’ over inclusion in spiritual violators record by US

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday known as Washington’s resolution to designate Pakistan as a Nation of Specific Concern (CPC) “indifferent from floor realities” and expressed concern over the exclusion of India from the record.

“I’d now like to precise Pakistan’s deep concern and disappointment on the US State Division’s unilateral and arbitrary designation of Pakistan as a “Nation of Specific Concern (CPC),” mentioned International Workplace Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch throughout the weekly briefing.

The spokesperson highlighted that Pakistan had a “multi-religious and pluralistic society with a wealthy custom of inter-faith concord”.

She added that spiritual freedom and safety of the rights of minorities are assured within the Structure and enforced by means of a variety of legislative, coverage, and administrative measures.

“We now have additionally famous with deep concern and disappointment that India, the most important violator of spiritual freedom, has as soon as once more not been included within the State Division’s designation record regardless of a transparent advice by the US Fee on Worldwide Spiritual Freedom (USCIRF),” deplored the spokesperson.

Baloch mentioned that New Delhi’s “conspicuous omission raises severe questions in regards to the credibility and transparency” of the method. She added that the “omission” additionally makes the record a “subjective and discriminatory train”.

The spokesperson reminded Washington that New Delhi’s remedy of spiritual minorities has been the “topic of a number of hearings of the US Congress and studies of UN excessive commissioner for human rights, the particular process mandate holders of the UN Human Rights Council, and reputed worldwide NGOs”.

“We now have conveyed our considerations to the US authorities concerning this designation,” mentioned the spokesperson.

‘International locations of concern’

Final week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken introduced that america has designated Pakistan, China, Iran and Russia, amongst others, as nations of specific concern below the Spiritual Freedom Act over extreme violations.

Blinken in a press release mentioned these designated as nations of specific concern — which additionally embrace North Korea and Myanmar — engaged in or tolerated extreme violations of spiritual freedom.

Algeria, the Central African Republic, Comoros and Vietnam had been positioned on the watch record.

A number of teams, together with the Kremlin-aligned Wagner Group, a personal paramilitary organisation that’s energetic in Syria, Africa and Ukraine, had been additionally designated as entities of specific concern. The Wagner group was designated over its actions within the Central African Republic, Blinken mentioned.

“All over the world, governments and non-state actors harass, threaten, jail, and even kill people on account of their beliefs,” Blinken mentioned within the assertion.

“The US won’t stand by within the face of those abuses.”

He added that Washington would welcome the chance to fulfill with all governments to stipulate concrete steps for removing from the lists.

 

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Imran Khan was misled by some PTI leaders: Pervaiz Elahi

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LAHORE: Former Punjab Chief Minister (CM) and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) chief Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi has asserted that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was misled by a few of his occasion leaders.

Speaking to journalists in Lahore, Pervaiz Elahi mentioned that his authorities had performed a outstanding job inside a five-month interval, suggesting that the assemblies ought to have accomplished their phrases.

“Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) additionally wished the assemblies to finish their time period,” he mentioned, regretting that Imran Khan was misguided by the individuals sitting left and proper of him.

The previous Punjab CM mentioned that three or 4 PTI leaders have significantly broken Imran Khan-led occasion by misguiding the previous premier. With out naming anybody, Elahi mentioned that if he had been caught earlier, the entire conditions would have come beneath management.

Thanking Imran Khan giving him the possibility to turn into chief minister, Elahi mentioned that PML-Q will contest the following normal elections together with PTI Chairman.

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IHC points notices in journalists’ laws case

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Excessive Court docket (IHC) on Thursday issued notices to respondents in a case concerning laws for the safety of journalists’ rights.

Chief Justice Aamer Farooq heard the instances filed by the Worldwide Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), and Islamabad Excessive Court docket Journalists Affiliation (IHCJA).

On the outset of the listening to, the chief justice requested whether or not there was any progress concerning laws for the safety of journalists’ rights because the Implementation Tribunal for Newspaper Workers (ITNE) chairman had been making efforts in that regard.

Umar Ijaz Gilani Advocate knowledgeable the courtroom that the draft invoice had been despatched to the Info Ministry.

On this, the chief justice remarked that the ITNE was working for the rights of newspapers’ staff and even its chairman had additionally ready a draft invoice in that regard.

He noticed that he couldn’t perceive the legal guidelines associated to newspapers. The lawyer mentioned the ITNE comprised solely a md and now the idea of members and benches was additionally being launched.

CJ Aamer Farooq mentioned the federal government ought to notice the issues and even it was higher if the Parliament handed the laws in that regard.

To a courtroom’s question, anchorperson Hamid Mir mentioned he was in favour of the laws for the journalists of digital media. Former IHC chief justice Athar Minallah had given him an task concerning the “cross-media”, and he had submitted written strategies in that regard.

The chief justice remarked that there was additionally a difficulty of non-payment of journalists’ salaries. The journalists needed to make a number of visits to tribunals for even small quantities (owed by their employers), he famous.

Hamid Mir mentioned many journalists even didn’t have written job proofs. The Pakistan Digital Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) had been licensed within the legislation to guard the rights of journalists, he added.

The chief justice mentioned whether or not there may very well be any resistance on the matter. Hamid Mir replied that it was attainable that the affiliation of media homeowners would possibly create hurdles in it.

The courtroom requested whether or not the incumbent authorities wished to introduce such laws. No authorities ought to have any objection because it was not a political matter, he added.

The courtroom then issued notices to respondents and adjourned of the case until February 6.

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Court docket refuses to difficulty Khan’s arrest warrants

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ISLAMABAD: A neighborhood court docket in Islamabad has rejected a request from prosecutor to difficulty arrest warrants of Imran Khan Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) in a case regarding hurling risk at feminine choose.

Prosecutor Rizwan Abbasi requested the court docket to difficulty the arrest warrants which the court docket declined.

Sources learnt that saying the reserved verdict on Thursday over Imran Khan’s plea searching for exemption from look, Decide Rana Mujahid Raheem granted exemption from look for sooner or later.

The choose then adjourned the listening to of the case till February 13.

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