Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan accused French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday of “attacking Islam”, after the European chief criticised Islamists and defended the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.
Mr Khan’s feedback comply with statements Mr 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.
Mr Macron stated the trainer “was killed as a result of Islamists need our future.”
In a collection of tweets, Mr Khan stated the comment would sow division.
“It is a time when Pres Macron might have put therapeutic contact & denied area to extremists fairly than creating additional polarisation & marginalisation that inevitably results in radicalisation,” Mr Khan wrote.
“It’s unlucky that he has chosen to encourage Islamophobia by attacking Islam fairly than the terrorists who perform violence, be it Muslims, White Supremacists or Nazi ideologists.”
Mr Macron already sparked controversy earlier this month when he stated “Islam is a faith that’s in disaster everywhere in the world”.
The French trainer turned the goal of a web-based hate marketing campaign over his alternative of lesson materials — the identical photos 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 situation in ultra-conservative Pakistan, the place anybody deemed to have insulted Islam or Islamic figures can face the demise penalty.
“By attacking Islam, clearly with out having any understanding of it, President Macron has attacked & harm the feelings of thousands and thousands of Muslims in Europe & the world over,” Mr Khan stated.
In an deal with to the United Nations final month, Mr Khan, a populist chief who has been identified to play to Pakistan’s hardline spiritual base, blasted Charlie Hebdo for re-publishing the cartoons, saying “wilful provocations” needs to be “universally outlawed”.
A number of Muslim nations have referred to as for a boycott of French items.