EU FoRB &RT Intergroup calls on the EEAS to step up its efforts for the protection of Ahmadiyya in Pakistan

The European Parliament Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance (FoRB&RT) condemns the lukewarm responses from the EU institutions after the police raid at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community headquarters in Pakistan that took place on 6th December in Chenab Nagar, followed by an attack on the Ahmadi mosque in Chakwal, Pakistan by a procession of around two thousand Sunni Muslims.

Dennis de Jong MEP, Intergroup co-Chair: “I tried to put the matter on the agenda of last week´s plenary session of the Parliament, as one of the ´urgencies´, but unfortunately there was not enough support. I shall of course revert to it during the January session. In the meantime, I call upon the EEAS to take action against the Pakistani government which not only fails to effectively protect the Ahmadi community, but now even takes part itself in the persecution of the Ahmadiyya. Although I attempted to receive up-to-date information from the EEAS, so far there was no responses whatsoever. It is high time that both the EP and the EEAS realise that the matter is urgent and that we cannot tolerate that a religious minority in a country like Pakistan has to fear for its very existence´.

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