Boris Johnson urges Pakistan to guarantee rights of citizens

Imran Ahmad MP highlights killing of Ahmedis in Pakistan, says their crime is only being from that community and to love every one, hate none. Lord Tariq discusses human rights issue with Pak minister

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, during a Parliament session here on Wednesday, urged Pakistan to guarantee the fundamental rights of its citizens. The Prime Minister was responding to a Conservative Member of Parliament Imran Ahmad Khan, who asked whether the government should make it clear to Pakistan that state-supported persecution must end.

Boris Johnson replied: “I agree passionately with my honourable friend, and I can tell him that that is why the Minister of South Asia Lord Tariq Ahmad recently raised this very issue with Pakistan’s Human Rights Minister, and we urged the Government of Pakistan to guarantee the fundamental rights of all its citizens.”

Boris Johnson

Imran Ahmad Khan, while addressing the Parliament, stated that while the country was rightly focused on battling COVID-19, it should not ignore humanitarian injustices and the plight of persecuted minorities.

He also recounted the tragic murder of an Ahmadi civilian in Peshawar, the provincial capital of KPK on Sunday. “On Remembrance Sunday, 82-year-old Mahboob Ahmad Khan was shot dead, the fourth Ahmadi recently slain in Peshawar. His crime under Pakistani law? To call himself an Ahmadi Muslim, whose creed is ‘love for all, hatred for none’. Does my right honourable friend agree with me that hatred preached in Pakistan ends up on the streets of Britain, and it is in the interest of our own security that His Majesty’s government should make clear to Pakistan that state-supported persecution must end?” asked Imran Ahmad Khan.

This is not the first time that issue of Pakistani minorities has been discussed in British Parliament. Recently a detailed debate was conducted on the issue of ‘Ahmedis in Pakistan’ at the Parliament. Pakistan has been slammed for its treatment of minorities, who continue to face persecution in the hands of government authorities.

Imran Nasir Ahmad Khan is a British Conservative Party politician who has been Member of Parliament (MP) for Wakefield since 2019. Born and educated in Wakefield, Ahmad Khan studied at Pushkin Institute and King’s College London. He worked for the United Nations as special assistant for political affairs in Mogadishu and as a senior consultant for M&C Saatchi. A supporter of Brexit, he was elected in the 2019 general election and attributed his victory to voters’ support for leaving the European Union in 2016.