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Victim Of Religious Persecution Meets Donald Trump At The Oval Office, Urges Him To Raise Issues Of Blasphemy Laws In Imran Khan's Pakistan Ahead Of Meet

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Pakistani man of the Christian community opened up about the atrocities on minorities to Donald Trump
  • Trump met victims of religious persecution including the Rohingya in Myanmar, Uighurs in China, the Yazidis in Iraq, Christian in Pakistan among others

Besides discord between the US and Pakistan over Taliban and terrorism, on Donald Trump's recent meeting with the victims of religious persecution at the Oval office, a Pakistani man of the Christian community opened up about the atrocities on minorities and menace of the blasphemy law in the Islamic country. He further asked the US President to raise the issue during his meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan

While Khan's maiden visit to Washington preceded with a significant move of the 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed's arrest, there have been other crucial issues looming over this pivotal meet between Donald Trump and the Pakistani premiere on Monday. 

Accompanied by people from varied communities, including the Rohingya in Myanmar, Uighurs in China and the Yazidis in Iraq, the man from the Christian community from Pakistan opened up to Trump days ahead of Khan's contentious visit. 

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He said, "You're meeting our Prime Minister next week, I would be very grateful if you raise with him the issue of persecuted Christians in Pakistan, the blasphemy law and people who are suffering due to this."

Responding to which, Trump said, "I'll do that, he is coming in next week."

Ahead of his visit,  World Baloch Organisation and the Baloch Republican (WBO-BRP) launched a mobile billboard campaign with 'Help end enforced disappearances in Pakistan' scripted over it in an attempt to urge the US President to take up the violation of human rights and the enforced disappearances in Pakistan's largest province, Balochistan.

Khan's visit to the US is marked by protests by several ethnic and religious minorities of Pakistan, including Baloch, Sindhis and Mohajirs. A bipartisan group of 10 influential American lawmakers on Saturday asked US President Donald Trump to raise the issue of human rights abuses in the Sindh province in his meeting with the visiting Pakistan Prime Minister. Protests have been planned in front of the White House and Capitol Hill Arena by these groups over the next few days.

Last week, in what looked like bait to the White House, the US-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed was arrested. After Trump's initial factual blunder over his arrest, the US administration called out the arrest-sham. 

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"We've seen this happen in the past. And we have been looking for sustained and concrete steps, not just window dressing. Quite frankly, the previous arrest of Hafiz Muhammed Saeed hasn't made a difference and the LeT has been has been able to operate. So we're monitoring the situation. Pakistan really needs to prove that this time they are something different," a senior administration official told reporters Friday.

The US Department of the Treasury has designated Hafiz Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. Also the United States, since 2012, has offered a USD 10 million reward for information that brings Saeed to justice.

In the past, the US President sternly called out Pakistan for providing safe haven to insurgency. In a twitter brawl, Trump accused Islamabad of sheltering former Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and proclaimed how the US now refuses to pay billions to India’s neighbour as there is nothing in return. The Trump administration then slashed aid to just $71 million in the current year.

The Obama administration had surged military and economic aid to upto $3 billion a year in order to coax them to back US in the Afghan war. However, the ties between the two countries got bitter after Pakistan was it against their interests to go against Taliban. 

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