Foreign Office summons French Ambassador, conveys concerns over Islamophobia

French President Emanuel Macron recently issued some very irresponsible statements about Islam recently

The Foreign Ministry summoned the French Ambassador over the recent anti-Islam comment by Emanuel Macron, the president of France. The French government displayed blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) published in controversial magazine Charlie Hebdo on the government buildings. This was in reaction to the murder of a French teacher who showed the same caricatures at a class. The assailant was later killed by the police. Macron also spoke some very offensive to Muslims and Islam.

Qureshi wants UN to take notice

FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi urged the United Nations (UN) to take notice and action against the hate-based narrative against Islam.

“Irresponsible statement of the French president has added fuel to the fire,” the foreign minister added. “Nobody has the right to hurt the sentiments of millions of Muslims under the garb of freedom of expression.”

“The French ambassador to Pakistan has been summoned to the Foreign Office to register a protest,” Qureshi added.

Imran reaches out to Facebook

Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote to Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook CEO to ban the Islamophobic posts on the social network. He also pointed out that similar actions were taken on posts questioning holocaust.

“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. I appreciate your taking the step to rightly ban any posting that criticises or questions the Holocaust, which was the culmination of the Nazi pogrom of the Jews in Germany and across Europe as Nazis spread across Europe,” the letter read.

Khan also recently tweeted to the French President, asking him to focus on the people that were involved in the killing of the teacher rather than issuing statements against the faith and its followers. The Turkish President Recep Tayab Erdogan said that the French President needs psychiatric treatment after the recent statements.

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