Human Rights and Democracy 2014-15

Pakistan

This is one of 27 human rights priority countries included in the latest annual FCO Human Rights Report. Updates are published on the GOV.UK website every six months to highlight key human rights events in these countries, and to report on actions that the UK has taken.

Comments on the main report or updates can be made below. They will be monitored and moderated by staff at the Human Rights and Democracy Department at the FCO who will also try and answer as many questions as possible.

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7 comments on “Pakistan

  1. Dear Sir/Madam,

    Hazara United Movement (HUM), United Kingdom is a UK-based political organisation which has discussed the Annual Report of the FCO in detail at its recent Central Executive Committee meeting and intends to extend its utmost concerns regarding the insufficient coverage to the ongoing persecution of the Pakistani Hazaras.

    The report fails to adopt the appropriate approach in considering the genuine threats around the lives of the Pakistani Hazaras who have been living in concentration camps in eastern and western parts of the Quetta city, much like the Jews after 1933. They have to obtain No Objection Certificate from the Balochistan provincial government for their inter-city and intra Pakistan travel. Besides, the systematic marginalization of the Hazaras and their complete isolation has put overwhelmingly huge social, political, educational and economic embargo on the entire population who have been terrified to venture out of their places with fear of suicide and targeted attacks.

    The report lack to incorporate various incidences of targeted killings, taking place against the Hazaras in the suburb of Quetta city without perpetrators being apprehended by the security and intelligence agencies.

    Their relocation to other parts of Pakistan has posed significant threats for individuals of the same community with sporadic targeted attacks taking place in the last year including Hub, Lahore, Karachi, Hyderabad and Islamabad.

    Their exit out of Pakistan, in pursuit of safe place, has also met huge problems by Pakistani authorities and world community alike. With the former, blocking the National Identity Cards and Passports of the Pakistani Hazaras on various pretexts while the latter, making it impossible for them for seeking safe sanctuary through claiming asylum.

    It is hoped that these tantamount predicaments shall be taken into consideration and necessary amendments made to make the report worth-reading and quoting as a reference.

    Should you require to discuss any part of this message, please do not hesitate to contact us via email or website provided.

    Looking forward to your reply for acknowledging the contents of this message.

    Best regards.

    Liaquat Ali Hazara,
    Chairman,
    Hazara United Movement (HUM),
    United Kingdom

    1. FCO Human Rights says:

      Many thanks for your recent comments regarding the FCO’s annual human rights report. The UK monitors the situation in Balochistan with great concern. As you may be aware Pakistan is a ‘country of concern’ for FCO human rights reporting and additional quarterly reports are produced with regular updates on incidents affecting the Hazara and other communities in Pakistan. Unfortunately reporting cannot include every single incident in Pakistan but we aim to cover all significant developments. Please be assured that the UK Government continues to engage at a senior level on the issue of the mistreatment of religious and ethnic groups in Pakistan, including the Hazaras. We continue to urge the government of Pakistan to guarantee fully the human rights of all people in Pakistan, particularly the most vulnerable as laid down in the Constitution of Pakistan and in accordance with international standards.

  2. craig says:

    It would be wise to work more closely with the Pakistani MOD a joint force being that they buy a hell of a lot from us and still growing! Saying that we should have commonwealth agreements on conflict and trade UK “soft power” Our economy will benefit from UK Pakistan friendship more than it would us being enemy’s

    1. FCO Human Rights says:

      The UK and Pakistan enjoy strong bonds of friendship and partnership across many areas including trade and defence. All our defence engagement seeks to promote a respect for the human rights of all people in Pakistan.

  3. craig says:

    Also UK bombing in Syria and civilians dying plus Blair genocides do not help our cause! Its time we stand alone we are a major power with global capability such that no one would dare challenge us. For now at least. and Pakistan looks up to us, better to make friends than enemy’s. Look at china they invest in Pakistan and they pledge loyalty even though we know how the “banks” work they do not give for friendship.

  4. Yamna says:

    I just want to know how can i share this report.

    1. FCO Human Rights says:

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