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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 907842, tabled on 25 February 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Pakistan on discrimination and violence against people of minority faiths in that country.

Answered on

3 March 2015

We are deeply concerned by the persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan.

On 24 February I raised UK concerns about the blasphemy law with a group of visiting Pakistani parliamentarians.

The Foreign Secretary also discussed Pakistan’s blasphemy laws with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in November 2014.

We will continue to support all efforts in promoting religious tolerance and freedom of speech in Pakistan, and call for perpetrators of human rights abuses to be brought to justice.

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