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America is ‘doing more’

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The writer is a political analyst. He can be reached at [email protected] Twitter @Imran_Jan

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced putting Pakistan on the list of Countries of Particular Concern or CPC. These are the countries that indulge in or tolerate “systematic, ongoing, [and] egregious violations of religious freedom”. Pompeo said that even sanctions would be slapped on the list of countries because “the United States will not stand by as spectators in the face of such oppression”. This was a pressure tactic in the form of a veiled threat to Pakistan for its help in bringing the Taliban to the dialogue table. Pakistan has been helping America fight the war. Now, it is helping America end the war, but the sadistic urges compel Washington to ‘do more’.

Then a day later, Pompeo said some countries on the list wouldn’t be subjected to any sanctions. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia made it to that category, where they would enjoy being on the list without facing any sanctions. Pompeo wrapped this move........

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