Pakistan has summoned French ambassador to Islamabad, Marc Baréty, to protest the publication of blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and French President Emmanuel Macron’s anti-Islam statements.
In a statement, FO Spokesperson, Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, said that the envoy was called and handed over a dossier by the special secretary to Europe.
“The ambassador was told about Pakistan’s condemnation of the publication of blasphemous sketches and the comments later made by Macron.”
PM Khan Slams Macron
Earlier on Sunday, Prime Minister Imran Khan lashed out at the French President for his unabating anti-Islam rhetoric and support for the publication of blasphemous sketches.
Taking to Twitter, Khan lambasted Macron for not playing the role of a leader, rather dividing and hurting his own people in the name of ‘free speech.’
Hallmark of a leader is he unites human beings, as Mandela did, rather than dividing them. This is a time when Pres Macron could have put healing touch & denied space to extremists rather than creating further polarisation & marginalisation that inevitably leads to radicalisation
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) October 25, 2020
Khan regretted that the French president 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.”
Meanwhile, Turkish President Recap Tayyip Erdogan also criticized the French leader, questioning his mental condition.
In a televised address in the central Anatolian city of Kayseri on Saturday, the Turkish President called Macron a person with a mental health condition and suggested him to see a doctor.
“What can one say about a head of state who treats millions of members from different faith groups this way: first of all, have mental checks.”
“What’s the problem of the individual called Macron with Islam and with the Muslims?” Erdogan asked.
“Macron needs mental treatment,” Erdogan quipped, adding that he did not foresee the French leader winning a new mandate in 2022 elections.