Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senior leader Senator Faisal Javed has announced his resignation as head of the Pak-France Parliamentary Friendship Group in protest.
Senator Faisal Javed sent his resignation to Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjarani in which he said that French President Emmanuel Macron had supported blasphemous sketches of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
He said that encouraging this ugly act would further fuel Islamophobia in Europe, which would divide humanity and increase extremism.
He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had raised the issue of Islamophobia in all international forums, including the UN General Assembly, while global legislation against blasphemy is a matter of time.
Senator Faisal Javed said that the Prime Minister has taken a clear and unequivocal stand on the French President’s move and he has made it clear to the world that the French President’s move threatens humanity.
“The French President Macron’s logic of playing with the feelings of millions of Muslims in the name of freedom of expression is unacceptable. I immediately resign as head of the Pakistan-France Parliamentary Friendship Group against this attitude of the French government,” he said.
“It is our religious and moral responsibility to respond unanimously to the honour of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and I strongly recommend that this group at the parliamentary level be completely dissolved,” the PTI leader said.
Controversial statement by the French president
The British news agency Reuters reported that a teacher at a school in France this month showed blasphemous sketches published in 2006 by the controversial French magazine Charlie Hebdo during freedom of expression lesson.
A few days later, a man beheaded the teacher, who was shot dead by police on the spot, and the case was linked to a terrorist organization.
Following the incident, the French president called the teacher who showed the blasphemous sketches a “hero” and embodied the values of the French Republic, and awarded him France’s highest civilian honour.
The British newspaper The Independent reported that the French president himself attended the teacher’s last rites in Paris, after which he displayed the blasphemous sketches published by Charlie Hebdo for several hours on town hall buildings in two French cities.