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美国将巴基斯坦列入严重侵犯宗教自由的“特别观察名单” US Places Pakistan on 'Special Watch List' for Severe Violations of Religious Freedom

美国宣布切断向巴基斯坦提供安全援助的同时,国务院将巴基斯坦列入“严重侵犯宗教自由”的“特别观察名单”。

国务院星期四的一份声明说:“保护宗教自由对和平、稳定与繁荣至关重要。将这些国家列入名单是为了提高它们对宗教自由的尊重。”美国还根据国际宗教自由法案将另外10个国家列为特别关注国家。

美国国务院发言人诺尔特星期四确认,美国暂时停止向巴基斯坦提供安全援助,直至巴基斯坦对包括哈卡尼网络在内的恐怖组织采取行动。

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The U.S. State Department has placed Pakistan on a “Special Watch List” for "severe violations of religious freedom," at the same time it announced cuts to security assistance to that country.

"The protection of religious freedom is vital to peace, stability, and prosperity. These designations are aimed at improving the respect for religious freedom in these countries," a State Department statement said on Thursday, as the United States re-designated 10 other nations as "countries of particular concern" under the International Religious Freedom Act.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert confirmed on Thursday that Washington is suspending security assistance to Pakistan till Islamabad takes actions against terrorist organizations, including the Haqqani Network.

Earlier this week, the White House said Islamabad would have to do more to combat terrorism to receive U.S. aid. The Pakistani ambassador to Washington, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, while speaking to VOA, called for the two countries to remain engaged with each other and avoid steps that could create tensions and destabilize the region.

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