Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Burma, China, Eritrea, North Korea, Sudan, and Saudi Arabia were the other countries designated by the U.S. State Department as "countries of particular concern".
Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement on Thursday that many people in the world are being unduly indicted, persecuted and jailed for exercising their religious freedom.
Qadri said that it is absurd that the U.S. has put Pakistan on the watch list for religious freedom, whereas, other countries, where Muslim genocide has taken place are not being considered for the list.
The US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIS) which has been seeking to designate Pakistan as CPC, however, expressed its disappointment with the decision of Tillerson in this regard.
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The State Department on Thursday announced Pakistan had been added to a "special watch list" due to its treatment of religious minorities within the country's borders.
"The designation of these countries is a key step in ensuring continued US engagement in support of worldwide religious freedom".
The addition of Pakistan to the list follows increased tensions between the two countries in recent days.
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) praised the White House for making religious freedom designations a priority but was disappointed that Vietnam was not designated as a CPC.
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The designation overlooks the significant achievements of Pakistan in the area of human rights.
Russian Federation was also among the countries that the State Department omitted from its list of CPCs. These countries have governments that "have engaged in or tolerated systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom". "These designations are aimed at improving the respect for religious freedom in these countries", it adds.
This placement on special watch list is a new categorization and we would be seeking clarification from the U.S. regarding its rationale and implications.
The Secretary also placed Pakistan on a Special Watch List for "severe violations of religious freedom".
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The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has been advocating for designating Pakistan as a CPC since 2002.