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Pakistan: government commission to discuss forced conversions to Islam

Catholic World News - April 13, 2012

Under the leadership of Akram Gill, a Catholic who serves as Pakistan’s minister of state for national harmony, the National Commission for Minorities will discuss the issue of forced conversions. Each year, an estimated 700 Christian women and 400 Hindu women are kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam.

“Forced conversions [are] a plague in the institutions, in society, but also at a religious level, and this cannot be tolerated,” said Gill. “We know that Islam is a liberal religion and that no one can or should force another human being to change their faith. We want to ensure full respect for freedom of worship and religion.”

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