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Pakistan: Crimes of Violence

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government has taken to assist Pakistan with reducing the incidence of racially-motivated murders in that country. (224997)

Sectarian violence is a serious problem in Pakistan. The recent murders of members of the Ahmadiyya community and the 6 October suicide attack in Bhakkar which killed 22 people are tragic examples. We support the Government of Pakistan in tackling such violence through a comprehensive strategy involving better security provision, development and improved governance, and we have stressed the importance to the Government of Pakistan of guaranteeing rights and political participation of all Pakistani citizens.