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My response to Pakistan’s High Commission, by Tarek Fatah (Toronto Sun)

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Mar. 21, 2017

“Pakistan is a multi-cultural, progressive and democratic country in which there is no place for religious tyranny.”

Believe it or not, someone out there believes we Canadians will buy this piffle.

This fairy-tale description of Pakistan came in a “Letter to the Editor” to the Sun published March 15 from the “Minister Press” at the Pakistani High Commission in Canada, Nadeem Haider Kiani.

Kiani was responding to my March 8 critique of the supposed anti-Islamophobia motion, M-103, tabled in the House of Commons by Mississauga Liberal MP Iqra Khalid.

He wrote: “People belonging to all faiths including Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Sikhs and Ahmadis are living with complete freedom of worship. No one has been subjected to persecution on the basis of religion, race, or sect.”

Coincidentally, the timing of the Pakistani diplomat’s letter defending Islamabad’s treatment of Christians and Hindus overlapped with an event at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.

There, two Pakistani Canadian Christians, retired officers of the Pakistan military, addressed a UNHRC event on March 16, highlighting the persecution of Pakistani Christians.

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