Pakistan to deal with EU’s reservations: sources

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Prime Minister Imran Khan chairs a gathering of the federal cupboard. — PID/File

ISLAMABAD: The federal authorities has determined to deal with the European Parliament’s reservations after the physique had referred to as for a overview of Pakistan’s GSP Plus standing, sources mentioned Monday.

The improvement got here after Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a gathering comprising senior ministers of the cupboard. It was referred to as in response to a decision handed by the European Parliament a couple of days in the past, calling for a overview of Pakistan’s GSP Plus standing.

The premier careworn the federal government wouldn’t compromise on the legal guidelines pertaining to the finality of the Prophethood, in response to sources.

The members, throughout the assembly, determined to deal with the reservations of the European Union. It was additionally unanimously determined that the safety of minorities within the nation could be ensured.

The members, in response to sources, mentioned the GSP Plus commerce settlement has nothing to with blasphemy legal guidelines.

Last week, the European Parliament had adopted a decision calling for a overview of the GSP Plus standing granted to Pakistan, saying that it has been noticed that legal guidelines (that it mentioned had been discriminatory) in direction of minorities and basic rights, had been on the rise.

The decision was introduced by Renew Europe, a liberal, pro-European political group of the European Parliament. It was adopted with a majority of 681 votes in opposition to six.

‘Resolution displays lack of know-how’

Responding to the European Parliament’s decision, the Foreign Office had expressed disappointment over the event.

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

“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,” the Foreign Office had added.

The FO had mentioned Pakistan is happy with its minorities who take pleasure in equal rights and full safety of basic freedoms as enshrined within the Constitution. Judicial and administrative mechanisms and cures are in place to protect in opposition to any human rights violations.

“Pakistan has performed an lively position in selling freedom of faith or perception, tolerance and inter-faith concord. At a time of rising Islamophobia and populism, the worldwide neighborhood should exhibit a standard resolve to combat xenophobia, intolerance and incitement to violence based mostly on faith or perception and work collectively to strengthen peaceable co-existence.”