Islamabad [Pakistan], Jan 5 (ANI): Pakistan on Friday derided United States' assertion that said it was not doing its best to fight terrorism, which also led Islamabad to be placed on 'Special Watch List for severe violations of religious freedom' by Washington.
In a statement, Pakistan's Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal said the arbitrary deadlines, unilateral pronouncements and shifting goalposts were proving to be counterproductive in addressing common threats - of putting a stop to terrorism in Afghanistan.
"Working towards enduring peace requires mutual respect and trust along with patience and persistence. Emergence of new and more deadly groups such as Daesh [IS] in Afghanistan call for enhancing international cooperation. Arbitrary deadlines, unilateral pronouncements and shifting goalposts are counterproductive in addressing common threats," the statement said.
"The report is not based on objective criteria. This placement on special watch list is a new categorization and we would be seeking clarification from the US regarding its rationale and implications," Faisal said, in the statement.
The statement expressed surprise that countries that had a well-known record of systematic persecution of religious minorities were not included in the list.
The White House had warned Islamabad it would have to do more on the anti-terrorism front to receive US aid. (ANI)