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Pakistan: Religious Freedom

Question for Department for International Development

UIN HL8887, tabled on 25 June 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 18 June (HL8400), whether, in the course of working with marginalised communities in Pakistan, they conduct any monitoring of madrassas known to promote hatred of minorities.

Answered on

4 July 2018

DFID does not support madrassas, but does support the Government of Pakistan to improve access to quality education, working in particular towards improving access to education and learning outcomes for the most marginalized groups of children, including the poorest, girls, children with disabilities and children from minority communities.

Reforming and regulating madrassas is a key part of the Government of Pakistan’s National Action Plan developed to counter extremism in the country. This has led to registration of some madrassas as well as closing down of some madrassas seen to be promoting sectarianism, religious hatred and intolerance. This plan has been unanimously endorsed and adopted by all political parties as well as government.