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Pakistan: Christianity

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 11477, tabled on 12 October 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations his Department has made to the Pakistani government on persecution of Christians in that country.

Answered on

20 October 2015

We remain concerned about the persecution of religious and other minorities in Pakistan, including Christians. The Government of Pakistan can be under no doubt as to the importance we attach to this issue. In August, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond) raised religious freedom and human rights with Interior Minister Nisar. In June, I conveyed our concern about minorities in Pakistan to the Pakistani High Commissioner to the UK.

We will continue to urge the Government of Pakistan to meet its international obligations to uphold the human rights of all its citizens. Our concerns about minorities in Pakistan are documented in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Human Rights Reports.