Pakistan

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th December 2014.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the role and activities of Khatm-e-Nubuwwat and in particular its role in the prosecution in Pakistan of Mrs Asia Bibi on charges of blasphemy.

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

We are aware of the role of Khatm-e-Nubuwwat in Pakistan and the support it provides to the prosecution team in the Asia Bibi case. We remain concerned about the case of Asia Bibi and the court’s decision to uphold the imposition of the death penalty for blasphemy. We hope the verdict will be overturned on appeal. We trust the courts in Pakistan will ensure a fair and swift hearing of her appeal in the Supreme Court.

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