The State Department also said it had re-designated 10 other nations as "countries of particular concern" under the International Religious Freedom Act for having engaged in or tolerated egregious violations of religious freedom.
The re-designated countries were China, Eritrea, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. They were re-designated on December 22.
"The protection of religious freedom is vital to peace, stability, and prosperity," the department said in a statement. "These designations are aimed at improving the respect for religious freedom in these countries."
US President Donald Trump has criticized Pakistan for not doing more to combat terrorism, and his administration has informed members of Congress that it will announce plans to end "security assistance" payments to the country.
(Reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Tim Ahmann and Susan Thomas)
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