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Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she has made representations to the Pakistan authorities about the effect on gender equality of the Hudood Ordinance; and if she will make a statement. (94925)

UK officials, along with our EU partners, have made repeated calls—most recently in June of this year—for the Government of Pakistan to repeal the Hudood Ordinances and place any necessary sections in the Pakistan Penal Code. The Government of Pakistan introduced welcome proposals for the reform of the Hudood Ordinances (the “Protection of Women” Bill) in the National Assembly in August 2006. However, in the face of significant parliamentary opposition, the Government have had to delay passage of the Bill. With our EU partners we will continue to encourage the Government of Pakistan to pass these reforms as soon as possible.