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Pakistan: Abduction and Forced Marriage

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 181269, tabled on 15 April 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what support he has offered the Pakistani Government to improve levels of safety at safe shelters in Pakistan for girls who have been kidnapped and forcibly married.

Answered on

23 April 2021

The UK Government strongly condemns the forced marriage and forced conversion of women and girls in Pakistan. We regularly raise our concerns on these issues with the government of Pakistan. Most recently, Lord Ahmad raised our human rights concerns, including Freedom of Religion or Belief, with Pakistan's Special Representative for Religious Harmony, Tahir Ashrafi, on 23 March 2021. Lord Ahmad also raised these concerns with Pakistan's Minister for Human Rights, Dr Shireen Mazari, on 20 February 2021. Pakistan remains a FCDO Human Rights Priority Country. The UK's Strengthening Rule of Law in Pakistan programme has worked with civil society to develop human rights based standards and protocols for gender based violence shelters in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.