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Procedure : 2017/2723(RSP)
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Texts tabled :

RC-B8-0419/2017

Debates :

PV 15/06/2017 - 4.2
CRE 15/06/2017 - 4.2

Votes :

PV 15/06/2017 - 7.3

Texts adopted :

P8_TA(2017)0268

Debates
Thursday, 15 June 2017 - Strasbourg Revised edition

4.2. Pakistan, notably the situation of human rights defenders and the death penalty
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  Amjad Bashir (ECR ). – Mr President, the urgent resolution on Pakistan is regrettable, misguided and misleading. I stand against abuse of human rights, wherever it may arise, but such grave allegations as these should be based on fact, not fantasy. The despicable crimes detailed are just that: crimes, against the law of the land. They are repugnant to the majority of Pakistani people and condemned by the government.

To suggest that the State is behind them, has condoned them or turns a blind eye to them is simply not true. And this Parliament will demean itself if it supports the resolution. Interestingly, the text makes no mention of the delegation of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) to Pakistan last April, when we were welcome to raise any thorny issue we chose in the presence of senior government authorities, opposition parties, NGOs, think tanks and civilians, unlike similar trips to India.

Pakistan relies on our help to deliver on human rights and the rule of law, as a genuine ally and economic partner of the EU and the West. This resolution sends the wrong signals altogether.

(The speaker agreed to take a blue-card question under Rule 162(8))

 
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