HARSH BLAS­PHEMY LAWS

US ASKS PAK TO ABOL­ISH

The Free Press Journal - - WORLD -

The United States has asked Pak­istan to abol­ish its blas­phemy laws at the Uni­ver­sal Pe­ri­odic Re­view (UPR) held in Geneva on Mon­day, Dawn re­ported.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the US and the United King­dom stressed on re­li­gious in­tol­er­ance and hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions and abuses in Pak­istan, re­ports ANI.

While US rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jesse Bern­stein em­pha­sised on the ur­gent need of an anti-traf­fick­ing law that pro­hibits and pe­nalises all forms of hu­man traf­fick­ing, UK rep­re­sen­ta­tive Miriam Shear­man agreed with the is­sue of Pak­istan’s lack of free­dom for re­li­gious mi­nori­ties.

The US rep­re­sen­ta­tive rec­om­mended that Pak­istan must “un­der­take, track and re­port” in­ves­ti­ga­tion and prose­cu­tion of se­cu­rity forces who com­mit hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions. “We are also con­cerned about the In­ter­na­tional NGOs pol­icy re­strict­ing oper­a­tions of non-vi­o­lent or­gan­i­sa­tions,” Bern­stein said.

The UK rep­re­sen­ta­tive rec­om­mended that Pak­istan should es­tab­lish an in­de­pen­dent Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Mi­nori­ties from all faith com­mu­ni­ties, who should be al­lowed to ap­point their own rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

How­ever, Pak­istan has free­dom to refuse or ac­cept any rec­om­men­da­tion by the work­ing group of the UPR.

US sug­gested that Pak must un­der­take and re­port in­quiry and prose­cu­tion of se­cu­rity forces who com­mit hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions

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