A Roman Catholic cardinal has accused the UK government of operating an “anti-Christian foreign policy”.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien has attacked plans to increase aid to Pakistan to more than £445m, without any commitment to religious freedom for Christians.

Speaking in Glasgow, Cardinal O’Brien called on Foreign Secretary William Hague to seek human rights guarantees.

The Foreign Office said it raised concerns and lobbied governments about persecution wherever it arose.

The cardinal’s call came as a report by Vatican-approved agency Aid to the Church in Need suggested 75% of religious persecution around the world was directed against Christians, affecting 100 million people.

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