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Everyone in Pakistan reject EP review resolution on Pakistan GSP+ status

ISLAMABAD: All religions and Muslim sects in Pakistan have rejected the European Parliament resolution tabled to review Pakistan GSP+ status over alleged increase and misuse of blasphemy cases in the country.  

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Religious Harmony Maulana Tahir Ashrafi on Saturday claimed that he talked to all religions and Muslim sects of Pakistan and all have unanimously rejected the report of the European Parliament (EP).

Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)had already expressed its disappointment at the adoption of a resolution at the European Parliament on blasphemy laws in the country.

“The discourse in the European Parliament reflects a lack of understanding in the context of blasphemy laws and associated religious sensitivities in Pakistan – and in the wider Muslim world. The unwarranted commentary about Pakistan’s judicial system and domestic laws are regrettable,” MOFA Spokesperson said that.

“Pakistan is a parliamentary democracy with a vibrant civil society, free media and independent judiciary, which remains fully committed to the promotion and protection of human rights for all its citizens without discrimination.

“We are proud of our minorities who enjoy equal rights and complete protection of fundamental freedoms as enshrined in the Constitution. Judicial and administrative mechanisms and remedies are in place to guard against any human rights violations,” the spokesman of the Foreign Office said.

Pakistan has played an active role in promoting freedom of religion or belief, tolerance and inter-faith harmony.

“At a time of rising Islamophobia and populism, the international community must exhibit a common resolve to fight xenophobia, intolerance and incitement to violence based on religion or belief and work together to strengthen peaceful co-existence. Pakistan and the EU have multiple mechanisms in place to discuss entire spectrum of bilateral relations, including a dedicated Dialogue on Democracy, Rule of Law, Governance and Human Rights. We would continue to remain positively engaged with the EU on all issues of mutual interest,” MOFA Spokesperson maintained.

As per the EP website, ‘Resolution on the blasphemy laws in Pakistan, in particular the case of Shagufta Kausar and Shafqat Emmanuel,’ has been passed for the urgent debate on the issue.  

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