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Analysts hail strong commitment of Pakistan to protect rights of minorities in the country
January 22, 2021

Dr. Khurram Iqbal (IR Expert): Protection of minorities is enshrined in the constitution of Pakistan. Our founding father Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah clearly stated that Pakistan will be the country where the masses belonging to any religion will have full freedom to practice their faiths. The incumbent government is making all out efforts to protect the dignity of the minorities. Sikhs, Hindus and Christians are part of our armed forces as well. On the other hand, in Modi's India the Indian government finds Pakistan as scapegoat if anything happens in their country. BJP government uses anti-Pakistan rhetoric for its political mileage. In a recent leaked report, it was found that Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Nigeria were included in grey list for human rights record, but India was not included despite its worst human rights record. In past, the US President Donald Trump adopted discriminatory policies towards the Muslim countries. However, since Joe Biden took oath as US President, we expect change in US policies as Biden has always been vocal about the human rights. We also expect a full stop on human rights abuses in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir committed by India. In future, we need to look beyond the Afghan situation as far as Pak-US relations are concerned. Pakistan needs to find other areas of convergence in order to improve Pak-US relations. As far as China-US relations are concerned, Joe Biden will not revert all the decisions of Donald Trump as US administration still considers China's emergence as threat.

Dr. Moeed Yusuf (SAPM on National Security): Pakistan is beginning talks with new US administration on new dimensions. Our concerns about India will also be put forth to newly elected US president but our prime focus will be on the issues of global health, investment in Pakistan and others. It means, we are going to adopt a different approach in strengthening Pak-US relations. There is a possibility of cooperation for the implementation of climate change agreements. Pakistan can work as a bridge between the US and China in the evolving global order in the coming years.

Dr. Abdul Wajid Khan (IR Expert): Every government in Pakistan follows the guidelines given by our founding father Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah that every religion will have complete religious freedom in Pakistan and its followers will enjoy equal rights as Muslims. The so-called democracy in India has been badly exposed. The present Indian government is promoting Hindutva ideology in the country. The ongoing human rights violations in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir stands exposed. The discriminatory citizenship bill is also an evidence of Indian unfair policy towards the minorities. The newly elected US president Joe Biden will definitely take notice of Indian policies as he is a big supporter of human rights.

Dr. A. Z. Hilali (IR Expert): Prime Minister Imran Khan since the very first day is focusing on to improve trade relations between Pakistan and the United States. Pakistan wants cooperation of the United States in diverse fields. Pakistan is always ready to do anything for the sake of regional peace and stability. Strong cooperation in diverse fields between Pakistan and the United States is mandatory and the concerns of Islamabad must be addressed by the new US administration. There is need to minimize the trust deficit between the two countries. United States must also support Pakistan in compensating the financial damages the country incurred during war against terror. Moreover, the strategic balance s also required and the US President Joe Biden should also take notice of Indian efforts to destabilize the balance of power in the region. The new US administration also wants respectful withdrawal of NATO forces and the role of Pakistan in this regard can never be ignored.