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Pakistan: Christianity

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government has made to the government of Pakistan on the attacks on Christians (a) in Korian and Gojra and (b) elsewhere in Pakistan; what response has been received; and if he will make a statement. (292398)

The UK supports freedom of religion and condemns any persecution on grounds of faith or religious belief. Incidents such as the attacks on Gojra and Korian are examples of the discrimination faced by religious minorities in Pakistan.

The UK regularly raises human rights concerns both bilaterally with the Government of Pakistan and together with our EU partners. The latest attacks on the Christian community have been strongly condemned by both the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan. And the Government of Pakistan has announced a package of compensation for those affected by the attacks.

Following the attacks, our high commissioner in Islamabad raised our concerns about the attack in Gojra with the Chief Minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif. Mr. Sharif assured the high commissioner that the perpetrators would be brought to justice and that he had instructed the Lahore High Court to conduct an inquiry.