EU envoy urges CII to focus on issue of minority rights in Pakistan

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Pakistani Christians protest against the suicide bombing in All Saints church in the northwestern city of Peshawar on September 23, 2013. The death toll from a double suicide bombing on a church in Pakistan rose to 81, as Christians protested across the country to demand better protection for their community. AFP PHOTO/ A MAJEED (Photo credit should read A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images)

ISLAMABAD: European Union’s envoy in Pakistan Jean-Francois Cautain called on Chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) Dr Qibla Ayaz on Wednesday and urged the latter to focus on the issue of the minority rights in Pakistan.

Both dignitaries discussed issues of mutual interests as well.

The ambassador was accompanied by First Counsellor Franck-Olivier Roux and First Secretary Anne Kofoed, while from the CII’s side Secretary Dr Ikramul Haq was present on the occasion.

The delegation discussed bilateral issues and explored how to develop common areas of cooperation between the two organisations, besides minorities’ issues.

The chairman of the CCI informed the ambassador about the proposed policy document of the Pakistani state on this issue which is also on the agenda of the council in its Thursday’s meeting.