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Saleem Masih

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL2308, tabled on 9 March 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan about reports that Saleem Masih was tortured and killed after being accused of polluting a tube well he had bathed in due to his Christianity on 22 February.

Answered on

18 March 2020

We are aware of the case of Saleem Masih and the concerning reports surrounding his death. We remain deeply concerned about reports of discrimination against the Christian community and other religious minorities in Pakistan. The former Foreign Secretary discussed the treatment of minority religious communities with Pakistan's Foreign Minister Qureshi during his visit to the UK in June 2019. I raised our concerns about Freedom of Religion or Belief and the protection of minority religious communities in a letter to Pakistan's Human Rights Minister, Dr Shireen Mazari, on 27 February.