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Pakistan: Minority Groups

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL185, tabled on 17 October 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the joint report by the APPG for the Pakistani Minorities and the APPG for International Freedom of Religion or Belief Religious minorities of Pakistan: report of a parliamentary visit, published on 9 September.

Answered on

28 October 2019

We remain concerned about continuing reports of discrimination against religious minorities in Pakistan. The Government strongly condemns the persecution of all minorities, including the targeting of innocent people based on their beliefs. We regularly raise our concerns about the use of the blasphemy laws with the Pakistani Government at a senior level. The British Government continues to urge Pakistan to honour its human rights obligations, including those related to religious minorities, and to uphold the rule of law.