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The government in the U.K. has expressed its concern over reports of continued abuse of Christians in Pakistan. This was the answer a U.K. government official gave when questioned about the government’s response to the treatment of Christians and other minorities in Pakistan. Pakistan continues to be one of the hardest counties for Christians to exist. Abused blasphemy laws, forced conversions, kidnappings, and widespread discrimination are just a few of the issues faced by Pakistan’s Christian community. Recently, Christians have found themselves the targets of terrorist organisations that seem them as easy targets because of the lack of security provided by the government. 

09/21/2016 Pakistan (Premier) – The UK Government is “concerned about continuing reports of abuses against Christians” in Pakistan, parliament has been told.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Alok Sharma, explained the government’s position via a written response to a question about the treatment of Christians and other minorities living in Pakistan.

He said: “The Government strongly condemns the persecution of all minorities, including the targeting of innocent people based on their religion or beliefs.”

The minister was responding to a question from the Independent MP for Glasgow East Natalie McGarry.

He added: “We regularly raise our concerns about the protection of minority communities, including religious minorities, with the Pakistani Government at a senior level.

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