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Shah Mahmood targets Macron; says, “No one has right to hurt sentiments of Muslims”

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

26th Oct, 2020. 11:16 am
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Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the French Ambassador to Pakistan has been summoned to the foreign office (FO) to lodge protest over anti-Islam campaign.

In a statement on Monday, Shah Mahmood has urged the United Nations (UN) to take notice and action against the hate based narrative against Islam.

He said there is resentment in the world over the blasphemous caricatures.

He said irresponsible statement of the French President has added fuel to the fire. He said nobody has the right to hurt the sentiments of millions of Muslims under the garb of freedom of expression.

The Foreign Minister said the seeds of hate that are being cultivated today will polarize the society and have serious consequences.

Such hatred will trigger violent attitudes and further divide societies, the Shah Mahmood said.

On the instructions of the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister said a comprehensive resolution will be presented at the next meeting of the OIC foreign ministers, proposing to observe 15th March as the international day against Islamophobia.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Imran Khan has written a letter to the CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg, asking him to place a similar ban on Islamophobic and hate triggering content against Islam.

“I am writing to draw your attention to the growing Islamophobia that is encouraging hate, extremism and violence across the world and especially through the use of social media platforms including Facebook,” read the beginning of the letter.

Imran Khan said the message of hate must be banned in total.

He said nor should the world have to wait for a pogrom against Muslims, which is going on in countries like India and in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, to be completed before Islamophobia is banned.

The Prime Minister said unfortunately, in some states, Muslims are being denied their citizenship rights and their democratic personal choices from dress to worship.

“This in itself is reflective of prejudice and bias that will encourage further radicalization,” the premier concluded.

Why is French President Emmanuel Macron being Criticized?

French President Emmanuel Macron is being criticized with protests breaking out across the world after he accused Muslims of separatism and vowed not to give up on blasphemous caricatures.

His comments came in response to the beheading of a teacher, Samuel Paty, a 47-year-old teacher, who was attacked on his way home from the junior high school where he taught in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.

According to reports, the teacher had shown cartoons disrespecting the Holy Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H).

PM Imran says Macron ‘attacked Islam’

Prime Minister Imran Khan has also condemned Macron, saying that the French president “attacked Islam” by encouraging the display of the blasphemous caricatures.

He said Macron could have shown a “healing touch” to deny space to extremists but had instead “chosen to encourage Islamophobia by attacking Islam rather than the terrorists who carry out violence, be it Muslims, White Supremacists or Nazi ideologists”.

Moreover, on October 25, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that President of France Emmanuel Macron needs ‘mental treatment’ for his anti-Muslim attitude.

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