In the face of ever increasing persecution of Christians in Pakistan, the UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been implored; in order to put pressure on Government of Pakistan to put reins to the brazen persecution of Christians in the country. Boris Johnson has been entreated by the moderator of the Church of Scotland who has expressed serious concerns about the Christian persecution which has become daily routine matter for the Pakistani Christians.
In this regard Moderator of Church of Scotland, Rev Dr. Russell Barr wrote a letter to Boris Johnson on Tuesday, September 27. In the letter he maintained that the perpetrators of Christian persecution are being cushioned by the police and the government of Pakistan needs to be pressurized in order to curb this phenomenon.
Highlighting a bane Christians are subjected to on daily basis he wrote: “Forcible conversion to any religion is a crime, even under Pakistani law,” as he further continued, “My fear is that if pressure is not brought to bear on the Pakistan government the problem will continue to grow and people will continue to commit such crimes with impunity without any fear of punishment.”
“I therefore request that you raise this matter with the Government of Pakistan, asking them to stop this persecution, bring the perpetrators to justice and introduce new legislation as suggested by the Senate committee.”
Recently the UK foreign Office Minister Alok Sharma had stated that the British government was “concerned” about reports of human rights abuses against Christians, on daily basis. However, in line with the UK’s country profiles Christians in Pakistan are not at “a real risk of persecution.”
Rev. Barr further insisted in the letter that he had “heard distressing accounts of Christian girls and young women being abducted, forced to embrace Islam and their families being hindered or refused help by the police and justice system.” He urged Boris Johnson to pressurize Pakistan to take serious action in order to thwart the predicament of Pakistani Christians.
“Pakistan is under obligation to bring its law into line with international conventions ratified in relation to women, children and religious freedom and belief. The Convention on Elimination of All Forms for Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) clearly establishes state obligation to respect, protect and fulfill women’s rights.”
“Under CEDAW, it is the responsibility of the state to take appropriate measures to eliminate laws and practices that directly discriminate against women, and also to create an environment in which women’s rights can be fulfilled and protected.”