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Parliamentary questions
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18 January 2017
E-000260-17
Question for written answer E-000260-17
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Ian Hudghton (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Arrest of members of the Ahmadiyya community (Rabwah, Pakistan)
 Answer in writing 

Constituents of mine in Scotland have expressed their concern over a recent raid on the administrative offices of the Ahmadiyya community located in Rabwah, Pakistan.

The raid was led by Pakistan’s Counter-Terrorism Department (PCT), and four people were arrested under anti-terror legislation and charged — under Pakistan’s penal code and Anti-Terrorism Act — with publishing religious publications.

Human Rights Watch has recently stated that ‘the government [of Pakistan] [has] continued to actively encourage legal and procedural discrimination against members of the Ahmadiyya religious community by failing to repeal discriminatory laws’.(1)

On 4 October 2016, the Third Session of the EU-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue was held in Brussels. At this meeting, ‘the Pakistan side highlighted steps taken by the Government of Pakistan for the promotion and protection of human rights, including women, children and minority rights’, and ‘the EU side [welcomed] these steps, especially the Human Rights Plan of Action adopted by the Government of Pakistan’.(2)

With this in mind:

Has the VP/HR raised the recent attack of 5 December 2016 on the Ahmadiyya community with the relevant Pakistani authorities?

(1)https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2017/country-chapters/pakistan
(2)http://embassyofpakistan.be/site/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Joint-Press-Communique-4th-October-2016.pdf

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