Canada Concerned over Arrest of Young Pakistani Girl

August 20, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“I am deeply troubled by reports that a young girl with developmental disabilities has been arrested for alleged blasphemy in Pakistan and that her family faces threats of violence.

“Canada is concerned about the safety of the girl, her family and their community. We have learned that local religious leaders are working together with authorities to calm the situation. We urge Pakistan’s political and religious leaders to continue to cooperate to protect the family and community.

“Canada strongly condemns any act of religious persecution. We urge Pakistan’s government to ensure equal rights for all Pakistanis, including members of minority communities.”

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