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, he was a free speech leader at a class last week that showed caricatures of a prophet after a French teacher was spotted 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 may have given extremists a place of healing and denial 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 speech at the UN last month, a Khanist leader known to play on Pakistan’s hard-line religious motives criticized Charlie Hebdo for reposting cartoons, saying “willful provocateurs” Must be “universally illegitimate “.
Many Muslim countries have called for a boycott of French products.
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