The Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri in a statement expressed disappointment over the European Parliament’s resolution on Pakistan and said that the body lacks the contextual understanding of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.
Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said that “Pakistan is disappointed at the adoption of a resolution at the European Parliament on blasphemy laws in the country. The discourse in the European Parliament reflects a lack of understanding in the context of blasphemy laws and associated religious sensitivities in Pakistan and in the wider Muslim world,”
The FO spokesperson said that “unwarranted commentary” by the lawmaking body of the regional bloc “about Pakistan’s judicial system and domestic laws” was “regrettable”.
The Foreign Office of Pakistan reminded the EU that Pakistan is a “parliamentary democracy with a vibrant civil society, free media, and independent judiciary”.
Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri restated that Pakistan remains “fully committed to the promotion and protection of human rights for all its citizens without discrimination”.
He further added that “We are proud of our minorities who enjoy equal rights and complete protection of fundamental freedoms as enshrined in the Constitution,” the judicial and administrative mechanisms and remedies are in place in the country to help guard any individual “against any human rights violations”. He added
The FO spokesperson also said that “Pakistan has played an active role in promoting freedom of religion or belief, tolerance, and inter-faith harmony. At a time of rising Islamophobia and populism, the international community must exhibit a common resolve to fight xenophobia, intolerance, and incitement to violence based on religion or belief and work together to strengthen peaceful co-existence,”
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