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Pakistan: Ahmadiyya

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL4310, tabled on 20 December 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan about the treatment of Ahmadi Muslims following a recent attack on the Ahmadi Muslim mosque in Chakwal in Pakistan.

Answered on

5 January 2017

We condemn the attack on the Ahmadiyya mosque in Chakwal on 12 December. The Government strongly condemns the persecution of all minorities, including the targeting of people based on their beliefs. Our concerns are reflected in the latest update to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office annual human rights report.

We regularly raise our concerns about the protection of minority communities, including religious minorities at senior level, with the government of Pakistan. During his visit to Pakistan in November, the Foreign Secretary, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Mr Johnson) raised religious tolerance and the importance of safeguarding the rights of all Pakistan's citizens. The Government continues to urge Pakistan to honour in practice its human rights obligations, including those related to religious minorities, and to uphold the rule of law.