UK Government Presses Pakistan on Rights of Ahmadi Citizens

On the 19th of February 2024, Lord David Alton posed the following query in writing to the Minister of State, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.

”To ask His Majesty’s Government when they last held discussions regarding the civil and democratic rights of Ahmadi citizens in Pakistan with (1) the government of Pakistan, and (2) with the Secretary General of the Commonwealth; and what responses they received.”

Lord Ahmad wrote the following response:

”On 19 January, I raised the need for inclusivity in the upcoming elections with Pakistan’s Caretaker Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani.  On 25 September 2023, the former Foreign Secretary raised the importance of credible, inclusive, and timely elections with Pakistan’s Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-haq Kakar. On 21 August, I wrote to Foreign Minister Jilani to raise concerns about the treatment of minority religious communities and underline the need to ensure all Pakistan’s citizens, including Ahmadi Muslims, are able to exercise their democratic rights. There have been no recent discussions between HMG and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth on Ahmadi citizens in Pakistan. At CHOGM 2022 Commonwealth leaders endorsed specific language, proposed by the UK, that noted that freedom of religion or belief are cornerstones of democratic societies.”

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