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MEP expresses concerns over EU Commission funding Pakistani extremists

ANI  |  Brussels [Belgium] 

A Member of the (MEP) has shown concerns over providing trade subsidies and grants to Pakistan, a country that is supporting and targeting religious minorities.

Dominique Martin, MEP wrote in his article published by EP Today that European pensioners are suffering whilst is funding Pakistani extremists.

"In Greece, the requires the government to reduce, by at least 20 per cent, the average level of public sector pensions (currently EUR 500 per month), whilst in Germany, and the Commission is satisfied with measures to reduce for retirees by encouraging them to take odd jobs," he said.

"But where are the European values of solidarity between generations? Is it correct to ask a retiree, after 40 years of hard work, to clean offices or public toilets? Whilst we ask these sacrifices of our parents and grandparents, ironically, at the same time, we see the extending lavish gifts in the form of trade subsidies and grants towards third countries for the sake of enhancing its profile in those countries", Dominique wrote in an article.

Giving an example of he said: "A good example is the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, a country recently placed on the list of countries supporting by the United States, and Religious minorities, including Christians, are persecuted and often treated as slaves in The young Catholic is a symptomatic example. She was in the antechamber of death for daring to commit "blasphemy" against the Prophet Muhammad. She did not commit blasphemy, but merely sensitised people to the discrimination of Christians in the country".

The has endorsed EUR 347 million in subsidies to during 2014 to 2017. At the same time, it has granted Pakistan the benefit of the GSP+, a preferential trade regime which allows for the importation, into Europe, of textile and without custom duties or obstacles of any kind. This equates to more than EUR 6 billion per year.

This GSP+ preferential treatment is granted to Pakistan whilst, at the same time, Pakistan does not actually implement many of the 27 international core conventions that were set as a condition for the granting of the GSP+, particularly those regarding civil and religious freedoms and respect for the ILO's international

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 17:10 IST