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RELIGIOUS MINORITIES IN PAKISTAN

EDM (Early Day Motion) 349: tabled on 05 November 2001

Tabled in the 2001-02 session.

This motion has been signed by 121 Members. It has received 1 amendment.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

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Motion text

That this House welcomes the recent security measures implemented by General Musharraf in Pakistan, which have helped to curb Islamic extremist activities and to protect the religious minorities; notes however, that in some ways the plight of religious minorities in Pakistan remains acute; notes in particular the case of Ayub Masih, a Christian who has been sentenced to death under the blasphemy laws for allegedly defiling the prophet Mohammad; notes that the decision appears to have come about as the result of extremist pressure; further notes that the evidence against Mr Masih is flimsy in the extreme, and seems to be connected to a local land dispute; is gravely concerned at the case earlier this year of 14 year old Naira Nadia, a Christian girl who was kidnapped and raped by Islamic extremists after talking to her schoolfriends about Jesus; notes that Naira Nadia has still not been returned to her family despite an order from the High Court; calls upon the Pakistani Government to ensure that Naira is returned to her family and that measures are implemented to make it more difficult for a similar incident to occur in the future; and further calls upon the Pakistani Government to release unconditionally Ayub Masih, to reform the blasphemy laws to protect against obvious abuses, and to introduce key reforms to improve the status of religious minorities in Pakistan.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Bellingham, Mr Henry
Conservative
Signed on 29 November 2001
North West Norfolk
Benton, Mr Joe
Labour
Signed on 16 November 2001
Bootle
Berry, Dr Roger
Labour
Signed on 30 April 2002
Kingswood
Best, Mr Harold
Labour
Signed on 10 January 2002
Leeds North West
Borrow, Mr David S.
Labour
Signed on 18 July 2002
South Ribble
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 6 November 2001
Worthing West
Bottomley, Virginia
Conservative
Signed on 22 May 2002
South West Surrey
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 November 2001
South East Cornwall
Brown, Mr Russell
Labour
Signed on 14 November 2001
Dumfries
Burt, Alistair
Conservative
Signed on 6 February 2002
North East Bedfordshire
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 24 April 2002
East Londonderry
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 14 November 2001
Gower
Chapman, Sir Sydney
Conservative
Signed on 29 January 2002
Chipping Barnet
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 15 November 2001
Barnsley West and Penistone
Clark, Mrs Helen
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2002
Peterborough
Clarke, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 13 February 2002
Northampton South
Connarty, Michael
Labour
Signed on 6 November 2001
Falkirk East
Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 12 November 2001
Stockton North
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 13 February 2002
Islington North
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 13 November 2001
Keighley
Cryer, John
Labour
Signed on 8 January 2002
Hornchurch
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 15 November 2001
Easington
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 12 November 2001
Coventry South
Davey, Mr Edward
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 March 2002
Kingston and Surbiton
Davey, Valerie
Labour
Signed on 10 June 2002
Bristol West
David, Mr Wayne
Labour
Signed on 9 May 2002
Caerphilly
Davidson, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 7 November 2001
Glasgow, Pollok
Davis, Mr Terry
Labour
Signed on 11 December 2001
Birmingham, Hodge Hill
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 21 November 2001
Burton
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 15 November 2001
Heywood and Middleton
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 5 December 2001
Belfast North
Donaldson, Mr Jeffrey M.
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 15 November 2001
Lagan Valley
Doughty, Sue
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 November 2001
Guildford
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 14 November 2001
Stroud
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 20 November 2001
Sunderland North
Field, Mr Mark
Conservative
Signed on 6 November 2001
Cities of London and Westminster
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 8 November 2001
Newport West
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 November 2001
St Ives
Gidley, Sandra
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 November 2001
Romsey
Gillan, Mrs Cheryl
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 2002
Chesham and Amersham
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 8 May 2002
Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath
Green, Matthew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 March 2002
Ludlow
Griffiths, Mr Win
Labour
Signed on 5 November 2001
Bridgend
Gummer, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 13 November 2001
Suffolk Coastal
Hamilton, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 15 November 2001
Midlothian
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 November 2001
Portsmouth South
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 November 2001
North Devon
Hermon, Lady Sylvia
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 13 November 2001
North Down
Hoey, Kate
Labour
Signed on 15 April 2002
Vauxhall
Holmes, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 November 2001
Chesterfield
Hunter, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 18 December 2001
Basingstoke
Hurst, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 6 March 2002
Braintree
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 13 November 2001
Barnsley Central
Johnson, Mr Boris
Conservative
Signed on 10 April 2002
Henley
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 6 November 2001
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Martyn
Labour
Signed on 17 July 2002
Clwyd South
Jones, Mr Nigel
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 November 2001
Cheltenham
Keen, Alan
Labour
Signed on 25 February 2002
Feltham and Heston
Khabra, Mr Piara S
Labour
Signed on 10 January 2002
Ealing, Southall
King, Ms Oona
Labour
Signed on 3 December 2001
Bethnal Green and Bow
Knight, Jim
Labour
Signed on 28 February 2002
South Dorset
Kumar, Dr Ashok
Labour
Signed on 19 November 2001
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
Lamb, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 April 2002
North Norfolk
Leigh, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 16 November 2001
Gainsborough
Lidington, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 11 April 2002
Aylesbury
Lilley, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 14 November 2001
Hitchin and Harpenden
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 5 March 2002
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Luke, Mr Iain
Labour
Signed on 6 November 2001
Dundee East
Mahmood, Mr Khalid
Labour
Signed on 29 November 2001
Birmingham, Perry Barr
Mahon, Alice
Labour
Signed on 13 November 2001
Halifax
Mawhinney, Sir Brian
Conservative
Signed on 18 April 2002
North West Cambridgeshire
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 8 November 2001
Hayes and Harlington
McGrady, Mr Eddie
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 6 March 2002
South Down
McKechin, Ann
Labour
Signed on 17 January 2002
Glasgow, Maryhill
McNamara, Mr Kevin
Labour
Signed on 13 November 2001
Kingston upon Hull North
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 10 April 2002
Mansfield
Mercer, Patrick
Conservative
Signed on 7 February 2002
Newark
Mitchell, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 29 November 2001
Sutton Coldfield
Mitchell, Mr Austin
Labour
Signed on 13 November 2001
Great Grimsby
O'Hara, Mr Edward
Labour
Signed on 14 November 2001
Knowsley South
Ottaway, Richard
Conservative
Signed on 14 January 2002
Croydon South
Perham, Linda
Labour
Signed on 17 December 2001
Ilford North
Pound, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 25 February 2002
Ealing North
Quin, Joyce
Labour
Signed on 3 April 2002
Gateshead East and Washington West
Robertson, Angus
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 November 2001
Moray
Robertson, Hugh
Conservative
Signed on 10 June 2002
Faversham and Mid Kent
Robinson, Mrs Iris
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 24 April 2002
Strangford
Robinson, Mr Peter
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 6 December 2001
Belfast East
Rosindell, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 10 April 2002
Romford
Ruane, Chris
Labour
Signed on 25 February 2002
Vale of Clwyd
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 November 2001
Colchester
Salter, Martin
Labour
Signed on 15 November 2001
Reading West
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 March 2002
Torbay
Selous, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 28 November 2001
South West Bedfordshire
Shepherd, Mr Richard
Conservative
Signed on 21 March 2002
Aldridge-Brownhills
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 15 November 2001
Nottingham South
Singh, Mr Marsha
Labour
Signed on 13 June 2002
Bradford West
Smyth, The Rev Martin
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 6 November 2001
Belfast South
Spink, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 17 December 2001
Castle Point
Stevenson, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2002
Stoke-on-Trent South
Stewart, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 10 December 2001
Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber
Stunell, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 November 2001
Hazel Grove
Swire, Mr Hugo
Conservative
Signed on 14 February 2002
East Devon
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 30 April 2002
North West Leicestershire
Taylor, Matthew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 February 2002
Truro and St Austell
Taylor, Sir Teddy
Conservative
Signed on 8 November 2001
Rochford and Southend East
Thomas, Mr Simon
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 22 May 2002
Ceredigion
Tynan, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 14 November 2001
Hamilton South
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Labour
Signed on 16 November 2001
Liverpool, West Derby
Watkinson, Angela
Conservative
Signed on 15 May 2002
Upminster
Webb, Prof Steve
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 November 2001
Northavon
Widdecombe, Miss Ann
Conservative
Signed on 11 April 2002
Maidstone and The Weald
Wilkinson, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 4 February 2002
Ruislip - Northwood
Winterton, Ann
Conservative
Signed on 24 June 2002
Congleton
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 6 November 2001
Macclesfield

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.

After a motion has been tabled, other Members can table amendments to it. Amendments to this motion are shown below.

RELIGIOUS MINORITIES IN PAKISTAN (Amendment 1)
at end add '; and calls for the abolition of blasphemy laws in the UK and world-wide to help end this sort of religious intolerance and injustice.'.
Liberal Democrat, Oxford West and Abingdon
3
signatures
EDM 349A1: tabled on 18 April 2002