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Pakistan: Blasphemy

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received of blasphemy trials taking place in Pakistan. (127141)

We follow closely the subject of blasphemy trials in Pakistan. Officials receive reports on blasphemy trials from human rights groups and monitor cases reported in the media.

Together with EU partners, we regularly raise our concerns about blasphemy legislation and its frequent abuse with the Government of Pakistan. My right hon. Friend the Minister of State for Trade, most recently raised this issue in correspondence with the Government of Pakistan in February.