Pakistan: Religious Freedom

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will (a) make representations on behalf of the Christian community based in North West Frontier Province in Pakistan to seek greater protection for them and (b) make representations to the government of Pakistan to desist from imposing apostasy laws.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State (Middle East), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

As my hon. Friend is aware, we regularly raise our concerns over the situation of religious minorities with the Government of Pakistan, bilaterally and together with our EU partners.

We are aware of the difficulties faced by the Christian community in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province and will continue to follow developments. We will also continue to monitor the progress of the draft Apostasy Bill. Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right and we will continue to voice our concerns to the Government of Pakistan.

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