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7 September 2009
E-4240/09
WRITTEN QUESTION E-4240/09
by Athanasios Plevris (EFD)
to the Commission

 Subject: Repression of the religious conscience of the Kalash people in Pakistan
 Answer in writing 

According to reports in the international press, the internationally little-known Kalash people in Pakistan, who identify themselves as descendents of Alexander the Great and who therefore have close ties with Hellenism, are suffering persecution and the repression of their religious beliefs at the hands of the Taliban.

1. Is the Commission aware of this matter? What is the Commission's opinion?

2. Will it take steps to protect the religious and cultural conscience of the Kalash, and also to ensure that they are protected against the Taliban in more general terms?

Original language of question: ELOJ C 10 E, 14/01/2011
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