Baird and Minister Yelich Condemn Violence Against Religious Communities in Pakistan

May 27, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), today issued the following statement:

“Canada is deeply saddened by the death of a Canadian doctor, Mehdi Ali Qamar, who was murdered in Pakistan on May 26. His murder is believed to be due to his Ahmadi faith. Sadly, he is among dozens of Ahmadis killed for their faith in recent years.

“Canada condemns the pattern of violence against religious communities in Pakistan and the unacceptable disregard of the universal right to practise one’s religion in peace and security.

“Such violence is a clear violation of the right to religious freedom and must not be tolerated. Canada calls on the Pakistani government to stop the persecution of Ahmadis and to ensure that all Pakistanis can practise their faith without fear.

“On behalf of all Canadians, we extend our prayers and deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Dr. Qamar.

“Canadian consular officials are in contact with local authorities and are providing assistance to the family during this difficult time.”

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