Mr. Speaker, the State Department has announced that it is adding Pakistan to a special watch list for severe violations of religious freedom. The long overdue decision recognizes that Pakistan’s shameful policies target and encourage violence against religious minorities, primarily Christians.
Pakistan’s blasphemy laws declare open season for attacks on these already persecuted communities. Pakistan also lets radical Islamic terrorist groups like the Afghanistan Taliban Network, Haqqani Network, and al-Qaida go unchallenged in Pakistan.
This makes Pakistan one of the most dangerous places in the world for Christians. Just last month, ISIS suicide bombers struck a densely packed church in Pakistan, killing nine and wounding dozens.
I applaud the President’s decision to reexamine our relationship with Pakistan and freeze military aid. Pakistan has played the United States for too long.
We cannot continue to provide billions of dollars to a country that fosters terrorism and hate.
And that is just the way it is.