UK must take tough stance on Pakistan's persecution of minorities, says scribe

As incidents of persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan -- particularly abduction and forced conversions of minor girls to Islam -- continue to rise at an alarming rate, London must 'take a stand' and hold Islamabad accountable for the crimes against minorities, said a London-based scribe.

ANI | London | Updated: 22-01-2021 16:24 IST | Created: 22-01-2021 16:10 IST
UK must take tough stance on Pakistan's persecution of minorities, says scribe
Representative Image. Image Credit: ANI

As incidents of persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan -- particularly abduction and forced conversions of minor girls to Islam -- continue to rise at an alarming rate, London must 'take a stand' and hold Islamabad accountable for the crimes against minorities, said a London-based scribe. Melanie McDonagh in an article in The Spectator on Wednesday said that it cannot be right to support the Imran Khan-led government "which has presided over the revolting treatment of Christians, Hindus and other religious minorities."

She cited a report by Movement for Solidarity and Peace (MSP)-- a non-partisan organization for human rights in Pakistan -- which stated that Christian girls -- usually between the ages of 12 and 25 -- are abducted, converted to Islam, and married to the abductor or third party. "The victim's family usually files a First Information Report (FIR) for abduction or rape with the local police station. The abductor, on behalf of the victim girl, files a counter FIR, accusing the Christian family of harassing the willfully converted and married girl, and for conspiring to convert the girl back to Christianity," the report stated further.

"And that's without even taking the blasphemy laws into consideration, which are a means by which Pakistani authorities hold every member of a religious minority in a state of fear," McDonagh wrote in her article for The Spectator. "It falls to others to hold Pakistan to account for its treatment of religious minorities. So far one looks in vain for much sign that HM (Her Majesty's -- another name for the UK government) government is doing anything of the sort, though the job of the UK High Commissioner, Dr Christian Turner, can't be easy," McDonagh added.

She pointed out that in 2020, the then Department for International Aid planned to spend 302 million British pounds in Pakistan, much of it on education and argued that "all this worthy, well-intentioned work on the basis that whatever good the funding" by the UK government does be scrapped. "It cannot be right to support a government which has presided over the revolting treatment of Christians, Hindus and other religious minorities, and whose blasphemy laws disgrace a civilised polity," she said.

McDonagh added, "And it is arguable that HMG's chances of exerting influence over Pakistan in respect of its minorities are rather greater than over the second-largest economy on earth (China)." Pakistan has been repeatedly slammed by the international community for not taking stringent measures to protect its minority communities, despite the country's Prime Minister Imran Khan vowing to protect them on numerous occasions.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Addressing conflict-related sexual violence at long last

... ...

Why unequal access to coronavirus vaccines is a threat to us all

... ...

India’s love affair with fossil fuels: the path to sustainable development?

... ...

Videos

Latest News

Punjab CM gets first jab of anti-coronavirus vaccine

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was administered the anti-coronavirus vaccine here on Friday.Punjab CM got his first jab of CovidVaccine at Civil hospital Mohali, his media advisor Raveen Thukral tweeted.It was painless and I am feeli...

210 multinationals selects MBA students from Chandigarh University during campus placements; More than 1078 offers made during campus placements 2020-21

Chandigarh India, March 5 ANIPRNewswire The campus placements 2020-21 for MBA students kicked off to a flying start which saw 210 multinational companies from Banking, E-Commerce, IT, Healthcare, Retail, Business Analytics, FMCG Tourism and...

Little surprised at delayed response from regulator in recent case: M Damodaran

A day after reports surfaced that the markets regulator has issued notices in the Franklin Templeton FT matter, former Sebi chairman M Damodaran on Friday said he was a little surprised that it took the watchdog so long to act despite criti...

Tynimo calls for franchises from across India

Bangalore Karnataka India, March 5 ANINewsVoir Tiny store, more to offer - Tynimo strives to live up to its name, offering its target market with a variety of choices and revolutionize the lifestyle retail segment. The main idea is to provi...

Give Feedback