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FO rejects media reports alleging Pakistan cracking down on overseas dissidents

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Office has categorically rejected the baseless media reports regarding allegations of Pakistani institutions cracking down on overseas nationals.

“We categorically reject the unsubstantiated media reports alleging Pakistan cracking down on overseas dissidents,” the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said on Tuesday in response to media queries regarding the issue.

The Spokesperson said that there is no question of any threat being made to any national of any state including Pakistan’s own nationals living anywhere on any pretext whatsoever.

Chaudhri said that the unsubstantiated allegations appear to be part of the rather blatant on-going misinformation campaign against Pakistan to malign the Country and its state institutions.

The Foreign Office Spokesperson said that Pakistan is a parliamentary democracy with a vibrant civil society, free media and independent judiciary which remains fully committed to the promotion and protection of human rights for all its citizens without discrimination.

“Our strong commitment to the right to freedom of opinion and expression is demonstrated by presence of scores of vibrant media channels and newspapers in the Country,” he said.

“Provision of a platform for peddling of unsubstantiated and false narratives against Pakistan by any news outlet is indeed regrettable,” he added.

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