EU calls for reconsideration of trade relations with Pakistan amid deteriorating human rights

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Islamabad [Pakistan] September 9 (ANI): Pakistan having failed to make significant progress in protecting human rights in the country, the European Union called for an immediate reassessment of the EU-Pakistan trade regime granted to it in January 2014 .

The trade regime allows products to enter the EU market from developing countries without import duties. As a result, Pakistan’s exports to the EU rose from 4.538 billion euros to 7.492 billion euros: an increase of 65 percent, the EU reported today.

According to reports, the EU is one of Pakistan’s most important trading partners, accounting for 14.3% of Pakistan’s total trade in 2020 and absorbing 28% of the country’s exports, mainly in the textiles and clothing sector. ‘clothing.

But the 3rd biennial evaluation of the EU’s GSP, published in 2020, showed that Islamabad has failed to improve the human rights misery in the country. Especially when it comes to the country’s controversial blasphemy laws. Those accused of blasphemy face immediate imprisonment and most accused are denied bail. Many, even acquitted or released from prison, have been murdered, EU Today reported.

Meanwhile, Islamabad’s relations with the Taliban group that toppled the popularly elected government in Afghanistan are also said to be one of the main reasons for this “reassessment”.

Highlighting Pak-Taliban relations, former Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh also claimed that the Taliban are micromanaged by the famous Pakistani intelligence agency – the ISI, adding that Islamabad is indeed in charge of the war-torn country. as a colonial power.

Experts believe Pakistan played a key role in removing the elected Afghan government from power and establishing the Taliban as a decisive power in Afghanistan. Recently, a UN monitoring report said that a significant part of the leadership of Al-Qaida resides in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan. (ANI)

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