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Asia Bibi

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL13825, tabled on 19 February 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last made representations to the government of Pakistan to secure the safe passage of Asia Bibi from that country.

Answered on

28 February 2019

As the Prime Minister has made clear in Parliament, the British Government's primary concern is for the safety and well-being of Asia Bibi and her family. We regularly raise our concerns about human rights with the Government of Pakistan. The Government of Pakistan has confirmed that Asia Bibi is free to make her own decisions and to leave Pakistan should she wish to. Pakistan's Foreign Minister Qureshi has also affirmed that the Pakistan authorities will continue to do everything necessary to ensure her safety. I raised human rights issues, including freedom of religion and belief, during my visit to Pakistan on 18 and 19 February.