Pakistan, EU reaffirm resolve to guard spiritual freedom


Pakistan and the European Union (EU) reaffirmed on Wednesday their resolve to guard human rights in addition to basic freedoms, specializing in freedom of faith, spiritual tolerance and peaceable coexistence, and rights of minorities.

The understanding was reached throughout a gathering between Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Vice-President of the European Commission (HR/VP) Josep Borrell in the course of the sixth Round of the European Union-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue, mentioned a joint assertion issued after the assembly.

During the assembly, FM Qureshi expressed considerations on the rising traits of Islamophobic acts, xenophobia and non secular intolerance on this planet and the necessity for widespread resolve to counter them.

The EU official, then again, raised considerations over the demise penalty and the misuse of Pakistan’s blasphemy legal guidelines within the wake of a lynching of a Sri Lankan nationwide in Sialkot over allegations of blasphemy.

However, Borrell appreciated Pakistan for passing the Protection of Journalists and Media Professionals Bill and hoped that the Anti-Torture Bill and different human rights-related laws can be adopted quickly.

GSP-Plus standing

Qureshi and Borrell additionally expressed a powerful political dedication in direction of the GSP+ and the implementation of 27 worldwide conventions on human rights, labour rights, safety of the atmosphere and good governance which are linked to the commerce treaty.

Furthermore, Qureshi and Borrell reviewed the continuing cooperation between Pakistan and the EU primarily based on the Strategic Engagement Plan.

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“They agreed to further enhance EU-Pakistan mutual engagement, especially on security and regional cooperation,” the assertion mentioned, including that in addition they agreed to carry the primary assembly of the “new EU-Pakistan Security Dialogue with sub-groups on Non-proliferation and Disarmament, and Counter-terrorism in 2022,” the Foreign Office communique learn.

The EU official additionally welcomed the progress made by Pakistan to implement the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) motion plans to get off the gray listing and the continuing efforts to handle the remaining actions.

The EU consultant welcomed the continued cooperation with Pakistan on electoral issues. “High Representative Borrell informed Foreign Minister Qureshi about the upcoming follow-up visit of the EU Election Observation Mission to Pakistan of 2018,” the assertion learn.

Climate change

During the assembly, local weather change points and the significance of world motion to counter the menace have been additionally mentioned.

The two envoys additionally mentioned the significance of developed nations taking the lead in mobilising local weather finance, noting the numerous function of private and non-private funds, and know-how to facilitate the transition.

According to the assertion, Borrell welcomed Pakistan’s pronouncement, previous to the Glasgow convention, of its Nationally Determined Contribution to reaching the widespread local weather aims.


Pakistan and EU envoys agreed on the significance of sustaining sustained engagement with Afghanistan to advertise stability and countering narcotics in addition to the specter of terrorism.

“They expressed grave concern on the potential for an financial collapse and considerably worsening humanitarian disaster and a contemporary circulate of refugees,” the assertion mentioned, including that Afghanistan’s severe liquidity challenges have been straining the respectable banking companies.

“They also agreed on the need for continuing urgent and unhindered humanitarian assistance and basic social services support to the Afghan people,” it added.

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The envoys underscored the significance of “improving the socio-economic situation and preserving human rights, notably those of women and girls, and persons belonging to minorities,” the assertion added.

Pakistan and EU envoys supported dialogue among the many Afghan events for attaining nationwide reconciliation and underlined the significance of an inclusive and consultant authorities, to boost the prospects of safety and stability.

The EU consultant thanked Pakistan for its help within the evacuation of the EU nationals and the protected passage of individuals from Afghanistan.

Qureshi expressed Pakistan’s help for the EU’s inclusion within the regional political session mechanism on Afghanistan.

Rights violations in Kashmir

During the assembly, Qureshi reiterated Pakistan’s deep considerations about human rights violations by India in occupied Kashmir, and efforts to alter the demography of the disputed territory in violation of UNSC resolutions.

Borrell underscored that the EU was monitoring the human rights scenario in Jammu and Kashmir carefully. He reiterated the necessity for restraint, de-escalation of tensions and backbone of the dispute by way of dialogue and constructive political and diplomatic engagement.

The EU envoy welcomed the settlement of February 2021 between India and Pakistan for observance of ceasefire understanding on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and to interact by way of the established mechanisms.

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