The constitution provides protections for religious freedom with “reasonable restrictions” to ensure public order and the rights of other individuals. The constitution provides for the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and belief and to the free exercise of religion. Ahmadi Muslims continued to report some difficulties in receiving government approval for conducting community-sponsored social welfare projects.
There were no reports of significant societal actions affecting religious freedom.
U.S. embassy officials discussed religious freedom with the government and religious leaders throughout the year. In October the Ambassador met with a series of religious leaders including representatives of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, Protestant and Catholic churches, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and the Salvation Army as part of her outreach to the country’s religious groups and civil societies.