Pakistan to Summon French Envoy After Macron's Islamophobic Remarks

Published October 26th, 2020 - 10:23 GMT
Demonstrators set fire to a French national flag during a rally protesting against the comments of French President Emmanuel Macron over Prophet Mohammed cartoons, at the Martyrs' Square of Libya's capital Tripoli on October 25, 2020. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP
Demonstrators set fire to a French national flag during a rally protesting against the comments of French President Emmanuel Macron over Prophet Mohammed cartoons, at the Martyrs' Square of Libya's capital Tripoli on October 25, 2020. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP
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'Irresponsible' statements have fueled situation after republication of blasphemous caricatures, says foreign minister

Pakistan on Monday said it will summon the French ambassador to lodge a protest over republication of blasphemous caricatures, and "irresponsible" statements of French President Emmanuel Macron agains Islam.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in a statement that Macron's remarks have fueled the already tense situation.

Qureshi said Islamabad, through a resolution, would suggest at the forthcoming Foreign Ministers' meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to observe March 15 as an annual day against Islamophobia.


"Nobody has the right to hurt the feelings of millions of Muslims in the garb of freedom of speech," he said, urging the UN to take note of the ongoing "hateful narrative" against Islam.

Earlier this month, Macron described Islam as a religion "in crisis," and announced plans for tougher laws to tackle what he called "Islamist separatism" in France.

He condemned the murder of a French teacher who showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in class, but said France would "not give up our cartoons."

Several Arab countries, Turkey, Iran, and Pakistan have condemned Macron’s attitude toward Muslims and Islam, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying the French leader needs "mental treatment."

Many countries have also called for a boycott of French products.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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