U.S. strikes another blow to Pakistan


An official statement from department spokesperson Heather Nauert also said the country had "re-designated Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan as Countries of Particular Concern on December 22, 2017".

The United States has retained Myanmar on a list of countries that it accuses of serious violations of religious freedom, the US State Department said in a statement on January 4.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson placed Pakistan on a watch list for "severe violations of religious freedom", the State Department announced Thursday. Pakistan was also placed on a special watch list, the State Department added.

President Donald Trump said on Monday the United States had "foolishly" given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid in the last 15 years and had received nothing in return but "lies and deceit".

"The protection of religious freedom is vital to peace, stability, and prosperity".

USCIRF Chairman Daniel Mark emphasized that "Pakistan continues to harass its religious minorities, has state-sanctioned discrimination against groups such as the Ahmadis, and tolerates extra-judicial violence in the guise of opposing blasphemy".

Creative Commons

In response, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Pakistan's prime minister, called a meeting of the National Security Committee, which issued a statement denouncing Trump's remarks as "completely incomprehensible as they contradicted facts manifestly, struck with great insensitivity at the trust between two nations built over generations, and negated the decades of sacrifices made by the Pakistani nation".

Washington confirmed it will withhold 255 million dollars in United States military aid to Pakistan this year, a threat first issued last August when Trump announced his Afghan policy, which took aim at Pakistan and demanded an end to Islamabad's alleged support for the Afghan Taliban.

Pakistan is ready to face any U.S. action, the country's defense minister and the army spokesman said.

"As USCIRF has said for many years", he added, "Pakistan should be designated by the State Department as a CPC".

US Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley also said Washington would withhold Dollars 255 million in assistance to Pakistan.

What will be India's advanced GDP numbers for FY18?
According to CSO, GVA is expected to grow at 6.1% during FY2017-18 against 6.6% in FY2016-17 at basic constant prices of 2011-12. GVA growth for construction is estimated at 3.6 per cent, up from 1.7 per cent a year ago, the CSO's advance estimate showed.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Iran's leader blames enemies for deadly unrest, USA calls that 'nonsense'
Jan 06, 2018 - 03:05
A total of 21 people have died in the unrest, with protesters attacking government buildings and police stations in some areas. Judicial officials said they would be severely punished, with the organisers possibly facing a death penalty.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Paul Pierce doesn't embrace sharing night with Isaiah Thomas
Jan 06, 2018 - 03:04
Thomas has said it is up to the Celtics to decide whether they want to honor him during the February 11 game. He requested that the Celtics not have an in-arena tribute that night since he wouldn't be playing.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Without Naming Trump, Twitter Says It Won't Block World Leaders
Jan 06, 2018 - 03:01
In the latest jibe against the North Korean leader, Mr Trump denigrated the potency of the North Korean nuclear arsenal.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top A Game of Chicken With Pakistan
Jan 06, 2018 - 02:49
Lalwani. "Patience, positive incentives, and occasional feeble pressure have not induced Pakistan to end its double game ". Pakistan works with us at times and they also harbour terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Fire at Moore accuser's Alabama home not linked to allegations: sheriff
Jan 06, 2018 - 02:16
AL.com reports that Johnson's neighbors noticed a suspicious man walking around the house on Tuesday before it caught on fire. Corfman told the newspaper in a statement that the lawsuit aims "to do what I could not do as a 14-year-old - hold Mr.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top David Letterman's Netflix show premieres this month with guest Barack Obama
Jan 06, 2018 - 02:13
Subsequent episodes will be released once a month from February through June, adding up to a total of six 60-minute episodes. The episode with Obama will be the former president's first television talk show appearance since leaving office.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Jon Gruden To Be Introduced As Raiders Head Coach Next Week
Jan 06, 2018 - 02:10
Gruden famously won Super Bowl XXXVII with the Tampa Bay Bucs back in 2003. when he beat the Raiders. Bisaccia was the special teams coordinator for all seven seasons Gruden was Tampa Bay's head coach.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Fodder scam: Court to announce Lalu Prasad's quantum of punishment today
Jan 06, 2018 - 01:55
The case relates to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar treasury 21 years ago. Quantum of sentence is due for convict and RJD chief Lalu Prasad in Fodder scam case.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top HP Canada recalling certain lithium-ion batteries
Jan 06, 2018 - 01:28
The battery packs were sold at Best Buy and other stores and authorized dealers nationwide and on Amazon.com, HP.com and other websites.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top There's Another Death from Flu in Oklahoma
Jan 05, 2018 - 15:18
DHHS, per its privacy policy, declined to provide the gender, hometown and county of the victim. All the fatalities have been in the population age 50 and older.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top More than $400 million jackpots tempt Mega Millions, Powerball players
Jan 05, 2018 - 14:54
Visit palottery.com for winning numbers, rules, chances of winning, and to join the VIP Players Club for second chances to win. According to the Hoosier Lottery, there's never been a Mega Millions victor from Vigo County.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket stands tall on the launchpad
Jan 05, 2018 - 14:32
Elon Musk's company, SpaceX, revealed the long-anticipated rocket called the Falcon Heavy , announcing that it's ready for launch. What SpaceX is probably planning is an Earth-Mars elliptical orbit around the sun, sometimes called a Hohmann transfer orbit.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Drinking Alcohol Raises Cancer Risk by Causing Irreversible DNA Damage
Jan 05, 2018 - 14:32
In the study, scientists gave the animals diluted alcohol before looking at their DNA to study the effects of drinking. When we genetically remove both protection mechanisms in mice, they become hugely prone to alcohol induced DNA damage.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 'Bomb Cyclone' Winter Storm Grayson Expected To Undergo Bombogenesis
Jan 05, 2018 - 14:17
Highs in the single digits and teens will rewrite the record book for Jan 5th and 6th", Maue wrote in a tweet on January 3. Notice the tight pressure gradient on this thing tomorrow, indicative of a strong system with hurricane-force winds.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Another Monster Hunter World Beta Coming To PS4 On January 19
Jan 05, 2018 - 14:15
Players can experience the life of a hunter once more between January 19 and January 22 and even uncover some surprise in it, too. In the trailer, we get to see a host of new beasts that we'll be tasked in hunting down in the action role-playing game.