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Pakistan urges US to stand with human rights in the country

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Islamabad: The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have made overtures to Democratic Party leader Dr Asif Mahmood in response to Congressman Brad Sherman’s recent statement on Pakistan’s political situation, The Republic Policy News reported.

The PMO reached out to Dr Mahmood directly while Faryal Talpur contacted him on behalf of the PPP over the phone. Sources say that the PMO expressed its concerns to Dr Asif over Congressman Sherman’s statement and told him that Pakistan needs friends like him during these difficult times.

Dr Asif assured the PMO of his support for Pakistan, saying that his friendship is only with Pakistan and that he will continue to work for the betterment of Pakistan and human rights.

Faryal Talpur also expressed her concerns over the statement. The Pakistan-born politician was part of a US delegation that recently visited the country and also met with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, seeking US support through him.

Earlier this month, Dr Asif had arranged for the PTI chief to speak with Congressman Brad Sherman.

“We will not hesitate to raise our voice against human rights violations,” he said, reminding Pakistan’s government of its obligation to take action against those who violate human rights. Sherman, who has been serving on the foreign affairs committee for 26 years, further said that Pakistan should allow its citizens to express themselves and hold peaceful protests.

The politician emphasized the importance of the United States of America standing with human rights in Pakistan and around the world.

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