America scolds Pakistan, eases up on Uzbekistan


IF THERE IS a city in the world where the persecution of all religions and beliefs is studied exhaustively, it is Washington, DC. In accordance with American law, two agencies are perpetually watching for infringements and calling out violators. Those agencies are the State Department and the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an advisory panel appointed by Congress and the White House.

The USCIRF generally adopts a harsher view than the State Department, which has to take into account America’s broader foreign-policy interests. This week, however, the State Department toughened its line against one country that regularly makes headlines about religious persecution: Pakistan.

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