After French President Emmanuel Macron criticised Islamists and defended the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan accused him of attacking Islam.
Imran Khan’s feedback observe statements Macron made final week after a French trainer was beheaded close to Paris after he had proven cartoons of the Prophet throughout a category he was main on free speech, as reported by AFP.
Macron mentioned the trainer “was killed because Islamists want our future.”
In a sequence of tweets, Khan mentioned the comment would sow division.
“This is a time when President Macron could have put healing touch & denied space to extremists rather than creating further polarisation & marginalisation that inevitably leads to radicalisation,” Khan wrote.
“It is unfortunate that he has chosen to encourage Islamophobia by attacking Islam rather than the terrorists who carry out violence, be it Muslims, White Supremacists or Nazi ideologists.”
Macron already sparked controversy earlier this month when he mentioned “Islam is a religion that is in crisis all over the world”.
The French trainer grew to become the goal of a web-based hate marketing campaign over his selection of lesson materials — the identical photographs that sparked a bloody assault by Islamist gunmen on the places of work of satirical journal Charlie Hebdo, the unique writer, in January 2015.
Caricatures of Mohammed are forbidden by Islam.
Blasphemy is an explosive concern in ultra-conservative Pakistan, the place anybody deemed to have insulted Islam or Islamic figures can face the loss of life penalty.
“By attacking Islam, clearly without having any understanding of it, President Macron has attacked & hurt the sentiments of millions of Muslims in Europe & across the world,” Khan mentioned.
In an tackle to the United Nations final month, Khan, a populist chief who has been identified to play to Pakistan’s hardline spiritual base, blasted Charlie Hebdo for republishing the cartoons, saying “wilful provocations” needs to be “universally outlawed”.
Several Muslim international locations have known as for a boycott of French items.
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