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Pakistan’s criticism in the European Parliament exposes the country’s diplomatic paralysis

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In an unprecedented move last week, the European Parliament took Pakistan to task over human rights violations, growing religious intolerance and shrinking freedom of expression in the country. A resolution was adopted which called for an immediate review of Pakistan’s eligibility for Generalised Scheme of Preferences-Plus status. The withdrawal of the concession could deal a serious blow to Pakistan’s exports to the European Union.

It may not be the first time that questions have been raised about Pakistan’s dismal human rights record by the international community, but the latest EU parliamentary resolution is much more damning and consequential. The criticism not only reflects Pakistan’s failure to counter rising religious intolerance and bigotry but also exposes a diplomatic debacle.

It is shocking that the country’s foreign ministry could not see it coming and the resolution caught the government by surprise. The anti-France…

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