- America calls China and Pakistan countries violating religious freedom
- Recommendation was made to include India in this list, Biden administration rejected
- Pakistan and China gave a sharp reaction, said – America should first look in its eyes
The US has included Pakistan and China in the list of countries that violate religious freedom. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has released a list of countries that have repeatedly violated religious freedom in a planned manner. Apart from China and Pakistan, 10 countries including Afghanistan, Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Eritrea, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Myanmar have been included in this list named Countries of Particular Concern (CPC).
India not included in this list
The US panel ‘US Commission on International Religious Freedom’, which assesses religious freedom in the world, had proposed to include India in this list. But, the Biden administration did not include India’s name in this list at the last moment.
China furious over US allegations
China has reacted sharply to its inclusion in the list of countries violating religious freedom. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told the media here that China strongly opposes the baseless allegations as it is defaming the country’s religious freedom. Zhao said that the Chinese government protects the religious freedom of citizens in accordance with the law.
China said – First look at America in its back
He said that China has about 200 million people following religious beliefs, more than 3.80 lakh religious workers, 5500 religious groups and more than 1.40 lakh places for religious activities. The people of China take full advantage of religious freedom. Facts tell it more than words, and even if a lie is repeated a thousand times, it remains a lie. Zhao said that America should look in its own way and refrain from raising religious issues to interfere in other countries.
Pakistan also reacted sharply
Pakistan has also made a strong statement on America’s inclusion in the list of countries that violate religious freedom. Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmed said that declaring Pakistan as a State of Special Concern is completely beyond ground reality and casts serious doubts on the credibility of the exercise. He said naming like this does not promote religious freedom around the world.