India declared among the dangerous countries for minorities while Pakistan reports positive developments, reveals US Commission Report

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India declared among the dangerous countries for minorities while Pakistan reports positive developments, reveals US Commission Report

WASHINGTON - India declared among the dangerous countries for minorities while Pakistan reports positive developments, reveals US Commission Report.

The annual report of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has been released in which, for the first time, India has been declared a dangerous country for minorities while several positive developments have been acknowledged in the case of Pakistan.

According to the details, the annual report of the US Commission on religious freedom implicates India as being a dangerous country for minorities. India is included in the Countries of Particular Concern (CPC) list.

In its annual report, the US Commission strongly criticizes the controversial Indian Citizenship Bill, the Indian Supreme Court s decision regarding Babri Mosque and the revocation of the special status of Occupied Kashmir.

The report advises the US Congress to continue hearings on the state of religious freedom in India.

On the other hand, the same report acknowledges several positive developments made in Pakistan.

These include the opening of the Kartarpur corridor for Sikh pilgrims, the opening of Pakistan s first Sikh university, the reopening of a Hindu temple, Supreme Court rulings on blasphemy charges, action against publication of discriminatory material against minorities and the Pakistani government s measures to review educational material.

The report says that in 2019, India fell sharply with regard to religious freedom with rising number of attacks on minorities in the country.

The report further says that after winning a second term of government, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) targeted Muslims and openly allowed violence against minorities and desecration of places of worship.