US rejects any additional sanctions against Pakistan due National Interest with Islamabad: Report

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US rejects any additional sanctions against Pakistan due National Interest with Islamabad: Report

ISLAMABAD - The United States has not imposed any additional sanctions against Pakistan in the national interest, it has been revealed.

US clarified on Wednesday that although Pakistan remains on the Countries of Particular Concern (CPC) list, there will be no additional sanctions other than those already placed on Pakistan owing to “national interest”.

“Saudi Arabia was – is in the waived category, along with Pakistan, on a national interest area,” said US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback.

He added that former secretary of state Rex Tillerson had placed Pakistan on a special watch list to warn them of their likelihood of being placed on the list of CPC. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo then made that determination and identified Pakistan as CPC in the hopes that the new leadership would work to improve the situation.

Pompeo issued Pakistan a waiver from CPC sanctions as required by the “important national interest of the United States” said a spokesperson from the US Embassy in Islamabad.

Earlier, Islamabad angrily rejected as “unilateral and politically motivated” a Trump administration move to designate Pakistan among the countries that violate religious freedoms.