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Pakistan: Education

Question for Department for International Development

UIN 157719, tabled on 26 June 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to seek to ensure that the educational system in Pakistan does not promote discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief.

Answered on

3 July 2018

The UK Government strongly condemns religious persecution and we will continue to engage the Government of Pakistan on the need to uphold the social, economic and political rights of all of its citizens, regardless of faith, gender or ethnicity. We continue to raise the issue of freedom of religion and belief at the highest levels of government.

We work closely with provincial governments in areas in which we work to ensure their curriculums promote values of inclusion, diversity and religious tolerance. Through the Ilm Two programme DFID also has a programme supporting the production of additional reading materials that specifically focus on religious tolerance and inclusion.