After IS targeted and killed 11 Hazara Shia miners in Baluchistan, U.K. Minister says “We remain deeply concerned by reports of discrimination and violence against religious minorities in Pakistan”

Jan 21, 2021 | Uncategorized

Hazaras Suffer Terrible Persecution in Baluchistan

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (HL11854):

Question:
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of recent killings of Hazaras in the Baluchistan province of Pakistan; and what discussions they have had with the government of Pakistan about these deaths. (HL11854)

Tabled on: 07 January 2021

Answer:
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon

The UK condemns the 3 January attack claimed by Islamic State Khorasan Province targeting and killing 11 Hazara Shia miners in Balochistan. I issued a tweet to condemn the attack and sending my condolences to families grieving their loved ones. The UK and Pakistan have a shared interest in the battle against terrorism. We are committed to working together to combat the terrorist threat and the extremism that sustains it, in a human rights compliant manner. We remain deeply concerned by reports of discrimination and violence against religious minorities in Pakistan. We regularly raise our concerns about Freedom of Religion or Belief with the Government of Pakistan. Most recently, I raised concerns on 16 November with Pakistan’s Human Rights Minister and on 7 December with Pakistan’s Special Advisor to the Prime Minister for the Interior, Shahzad Akbar.

Date and time of answer: 21 Jan 2021 at 17:55.

Lord David Alton

For 18 years David Alton was a Member of the House of Commons and today he is an Independent Crossbench Life Peer in the UK House of Lords.

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