British Government Urged to Stand Up For Pakistani Christians

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The Catholic Church in England and Wales has urged the British Government to “make strong representations” to Pakistan about the need to protect its minorities from persecution.

Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton, chairman of the bishops’ Department for International Affairs, referred to recent “mob attacks” against Christians in Sandha, saying they showed “life is only becoming harder” for the country’s minorities.

He said: “Without meaningful action from the authorities to tackle hate speech, end impunity and prevent misuse of blasphemy laws, more people will lose their dignity, their homes and their lives.

“I hope that the British government will make strong representations to Pakistan about the vital need to protect those most vulnerable to abuse,” the bishop said.