ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday praised President Joe Biden’s decision to reverse the travel restrictions on several Muslim-majority countries that were imposed by the Trump administration in 2017.
“We welcome the US administration’s plan to end travel ban on a list of Muslim majority countries,” said the foreign office spokesperson, Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, while talking to Arab News. “Prime Minister Imran Khan has emphasized the importance of addressing Islamophobia in the world. We hope that such measures by major countries will help achieve that objective.”
Trump introduced the ban by issuing an executive order, citing attempts by “terrorists” to enter the US from Muslim countries and several African nations.
“This is a very good step that President Joe Biden has taken and we hope and pray that the new US administration will treat Muslims equally like all other people,” Senator Abdul Qayyum, who is part of the Parliamentary Friendship Group with the United States, told Arab News.
He added that people expected the US to abide by the United Nations charter and follow its old traditions which kept that country open to the whole world.
“Imposing such travel bans on Muslim states can promote racist tendencies against the followers of Islam,” he continued. “We don't expect that from the United States since Americans believe in practicing high moral values and take pride in them.”
The senator also expressed optimism that the Biden administration would pay attention to the Kashmir and Palestine disputes.
“We hope and pray that President Biden will be absolutely fair and transparent while dealing with Kashmir and Palestine,” he said. “If he emphasizes the importance of implementing the United Nations resolutions on these two issues, we are likely to have a more peaceful world.”