House of Lords written question – answered on 20th May 2013.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will hold discussions with the incoming Government of Pakistan regarding that country's stance on religious freedom.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

It is vital that Pakistan guarantees the rights of all its citizens, regardless of their faith, gender or ethnicity. On 22 January, I hosted a global ministerial conference on Freedom of Religion and Belief in London and I was able to discuss these issues in detail with the human rights adviser to the then Pakistani Prime Minister.

Once a new Government have been established in Pakistan, we will raise human rights issues, including blasphemy laws, with them.

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