Imran Khan Responds to Islamophobic French President Macron

Imran Khan has denounced French President, Macron's remarks and anti-Islam policies stating that they are encouraging the spread of Islamophobia.

Prime Minister Imran Khan responded to the anti-Islamic policies of the French President Emmanuel Macron. He condemned his remarks vowing not to “give up cartoons” depicting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Macron added, “He was killed because Islamists want our future,” while vowing “they will never have it.”

In a thread of Tweets, Prime Minister Imran Khan responded to Macron’s comments at the ceremony dedicated to Samuel Paty who was beheaded for showing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed to pupils in a lesson on free speech.

“This is a time when President Macron could have put [a] healing touch and denied space to extremists rather than creating further polarisation and marginalisation that inevitably leads to radicalisation,” Khan said.

“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. Sadly, President Macron has chosen to deliberately provoke Muslims, incl his own citizens, through encouraging the display of blasphemous cartoons targeting Islam and our Prophet (PBUH)”, the premier wrote on Twitter.

“By attacking Islam, clearly without having any understanding of it, President Macron has attacked and hurt the sentiments of millions of Muslims in Europe and across the world,” he said, adding that, “the last thing the world wants or needs is further polarisation”

In addition to Imran Kham, another Muslim leader, the Turkish President Erdogan earlier lashed out at the French president, suggesting that he required “mental treatment”.

“What is the problem of this person called Macron with Muslims and Islam? Macron needs treatment on a mental level,” Erdogan said in a speech.

Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi affirmed that the Foreign Office has summoned the French ambassador, Marc Baréty, over recent remarks made by Macron.

Moreover, the premier also penned a letter to the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg to ban Islamophobia and Islamophobic content the same way it has banned questioning or criticising the Holocaust.

Imran Khan’s Letter to Mark Zuckerberg

A statement issued by The Foreign Office on Sunday said Pakistan condemned in the strongest manner the systemic Islamophobic acts and policies and the blasphemy being practised in France.

“We are further alarmed at highly disturbing statements by certain politicians justifying such heinous acts under the garb of freedom of expression and equating Islam with terrorism, for narrow electoral and political gains,” the statement said.

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