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Pakistan summons French ambassador after Macron’s cartoons support

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned the French ambassador in Islamabad to complain about President Emmanuel Macron's comments on Islam and his support for cartoons depicting Islam's prophet Mohammed.

Islamabad, 26 October 2020 (dpa/MIA) — Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned the French ambassador in Islamabad to complain about President Emmanuel Macron’s comments on Islam and his support for cartoons depicting Islam’s prophet Mohammed.

France “will not give up our cartoons,” Macron said after French teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded in a suburb outside Paris earlier this month for showing cartoons of Mohammed in a class on freedom of expression.

On Friday, the cartoons were projected onto government buildings in France, sparking outcry in the Muslim world.

“The seeds of hate that are being cultivated today will polarize the society and have serious consequences,” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in a statement.

The move comes a day after Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote a letter to the Facebook’s chief Mark Zuckerberg seeking a ban on Islamophobic content similar to that in place for Holocaust denial content.

Qureshi said Pakistan had urged the United Nations “to take notice and action against the hate based narrative against Islam.”

“There is resentment in the world over the blasphemous caricatures … [the] irresponsible statement of the French President has added fuel to the fire,” the minister added.

On Sunday, Khan criticized Macron for “creating further polarization and marginalization that inevitably leads to radicalization.”

Calls to boycott French goods gained momentum in Muslim countries in response to Macron’s support of the controversial caricatures, which originally appeared in satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

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