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House of Lords written question – answered on 3rd November 2014.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the authorities in Pakistan arising from the decision of the Lahore

High Court to reject the appeal of Asia Bibi, and to order her execution, following charges of alleged blasphemy.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State

I am concerned to hear that a Pakistan court has upheld the imposition of the death penalty in the case of Asia Bibi. We support the EU’s recent statement of concern and hope that the verdict will be overturned on appeal. We regularly raise at the highest levels the misuse of blasphemy laws in Pakistan both against Muslims and against religious minorities. We have consistently pressed the Government of Pakistan on the issue of the death penalty and expressed our principled opposition in all cases. We will continue to raise these issues.

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