Pakistan: Females

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 24th September 2020.

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Photo of Stephen Kinnock Stephen Kinnock Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking with his Pakistani counterpart to ensure that police officers in Pakistan are trained to work (a) effectively and (b) sensitively with the parents of abducted girls from a religious minority.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK Government strongly condemns the forced marriage and forced conversion of women and girls from religious minorities in Pakistan. We are working with the Government of Pakistan to strengthen and improve Pakistan's police and judicial systems. The UK's Strengthening Rule of Law in Pakistan programme aims to increase public confidence and trust in the Rule of Law. It focuses on delivering outputs that improve the justice system for victims, witnesses and offenders, including vulnerable women and girls.

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