Pakistan's Prime Minister Khan accused Macron of attacking Islam

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday accused French President Emmanuel Macron of "attacking Islam", following a European leader's criticism of Islamists and cartoons depicting Muhammad (PBUH). Defended publication.


Pakistan's Prime Minister Khan accused Macron of "attacking Islam"

Khan's comments came after Macron's remarks following the beheading of a French teacher near Paris on Monday showed cartoons of the Holy Prophet (SAW) during a class in which he was leading a free speech. ۔


Macron said the teachers were killed’ "because Islamists want our future."


In a series of tweets, Khan said the comment would split the divide.


"This is a time when press macros could have replaced extremism with healing contacts and denials rather than creating further polarization and backwardness, which inevitably leads to radicalism," Khan wrote.


"It is unfortunate that it has chosen to encourage Islamophobia by attacking Islam rather than terrorists who commit terrorism, whether they are Muslims, white supremacists or Nazi ideologues."


Macron had already sparked controversy earlier this month when he said, "Islam is a religion in crisis around the world."


The French teacher became the target of an online hate campaign over the choice of lesson material. The same images that led to the January 2015 bloody attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, the original publisher of the magazine Tayyab, by Islamist gunmen.


Islam forbids Muhammad’s caricatures.


Blasphemy is an explosive issue in ultra-conservative Pakistan, where anyone suspected of insulting Islam or Islamic figures could face the death penalty.


"By attacking Islam, without clearly understanding anything about it, President Macron has attacked and hurt the feelings of millions of Muslims in Europe and around the world," Khan said.


In a speech to the UN last month, a popular public leader, known for Pakistan's hardline religious base, accused Charlie Hebdo of republishing cartoons, calling "deliberate provocation" global. Should be declared’ null and void.


Several Muslim countries have called for a boycott of French goods.


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