Pakistan faces international criticism for discriminatory practices amidst COVID-19

Pakistan has been facing the heat of the international organisations for not taking strict measures against those adopting discriminatory practices against the religious and ethnic minorities of the country.

The situation of the minorities has been skeptical in Pakistan and the outbreak of the COVID-19 has only worsened their situation as news of them being denied food and other humanitarian assistance have surfaced recently.

Criticising the move as “reprehensible”, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has urged the Pakistani government to ensure that food aid from distributing organisations is shared equally with all religious minorities in the country, with no exception being made to Hindu and Christian communities.

Anurima Bhargava, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Commissioner said, “As COVID-19 continues to spread, vulnerable communities within Pakistan are fighting hunger and to keep their families safe and healthy, food aid must not be denied because of one’s faith”.

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