The constitution stipulates the right of all to enjoy, practice, profess, maintain, and promote any religion, so long as they do not impinge on the rights of others or on the national interest, and prohibits religious discrimination and the establishment of a state religion. It bans religiously-based political parties. Police enforced a decision by the Supreme Islamic Council, closely allied with the government, mandating all Muslims observe the start of Eid al-Fitr on the date chosen by the council. The government arrested and put on trial two community leaders who chose to observe Eid prayers a day later. The president fired the imam of the State House Mosque, a day after the imam called for banning and expulsion of Ahmadi Muslims.
The Interfaith Group for Dialogue and Peace, comprising representatives from the Muslim, Christian, and Bahai communities, met regularly to discuss matters of mutual concern, such as religious freedom and the need to live together in harmony.
The U.S. embassy regularly engaged with government officials, religious groups, and religious leaders concerning religious tolerance and the importance of respect for religious freedom. The embassy hosted a series of iftars with regional governors where participants emphasized a message of religious freedom.