Pakistan: Religious Freedom:Written question - 131738

Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon North)

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Asked on: 08 March 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Pakistan: Religious Freedom
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of blasphemy laws on religious minorities in Pakistan.
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 13 March 2018

​We remain deeply concerned by the misuse of the blasphemy laws and the treatment of minority religious communities in Pakistan. The blasphemy laws are used against people of all faiths although minority communities are disproportionately affected. This is particularly concerning given the harsh penalties for blasphemy, including the death penalty.

We regularly raise our concerns about the protection of minority communities and misuse of the blasphemy laws with the Government of Pakistan at a senior level, most recently during my visit to Pakistan in November 2017

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