Imran Khan vs Emmanuel Macron on the promotion of Islamophobia

In a series of tweets, Imran Khan said the comment would be divisive

Islamabad:

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday accused French President Emmanuel Macron of “attacking Islam” after the European leader criticized Islamists and defended the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

Following Mr Macron’s statements, Mr Macron was proceeding with free speech during a class last week after a French teacher was shown caricatures of the Prophet sitting near Paris.

Mr Macron said the professor was “killed because the Islamists want our future”.

In a series of tweets, Mr Khan said the comment would be divisive.

“This is a time when President Macron gave extremists a touch of healing and a frowned upon space rather than polarization and marginalization, which inevitably leads to bigotry,” Mr. Khan wrote.

“It is unfortunate that they chose to encourage Islamophobia to attack Islam rather than the terrorists who commit violence, be they Muslims, white supremacists or Nazi thinkers.”

Mr. Macron had already raised the controversy earlier this month by declaring that “Islam is a religion in crisis in the world”.

In January 2015, the original teacher, Charlie Hebdo, similar images sparked a bloody attack by Islamist gunmen on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo – French teachers became the target of an online hate campaign.

Muhammad cartoons are prohibited by Islam.

Sentencing is an explosive issue in ultra-Orthodox Pakistan, where anyone deemed to have insulted Islam or Islamic figures can face the death penalty.

Khan said: “While attacking Islam, without clearly understanding it, President Macron attacked the feelings of millions of Muslims in Europe and around the world”.

In a UN speech last month, a Khanist leader known for playing on Pakistan’s hard-line religious motives criticized Charlie Hebdo for reposting cartoons, saying “a willful provocateur ‘Should be’ universally illegitimate “.

Many Muslim countries have called for a boycott of French products.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and posted from a syndicated feed.)

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