PM Imran Khan to debate European Parliament’s decision on Pakistan’s GSP plus standing as we speak

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will chair an necessary assembly comprising senior ministers as we speak (Monday) to debate the European Parliament’s move to hunt a evaluate of Pakistan’s GSP Plus standing. 

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

The decision was offered 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.

The prime minister will maintain consultations over the event with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, his commerce advisor Abdul Razak Dawood, Minister for Religious Affairs Noor ul Haq Qadri, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed and different ministers.

The assembly is anticipated to debate the decision and take necessary selections on the European Parliament’s name to evaluate Pakistan’s GSP Plus standing.

European Parliament decision displays lack of know-how, says FO

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 a press release 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 get pleasure from equal rights and full safety of elementary freedoms as enshrined within the Constitution. Judicial and administrative mechanisms and treatments are in place to protect in opposition to any human rights violations.

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