Pakistan has summoned the French ambassador because of the cartoon dispute. “No one has the right to hurt the feelings of millions of Muslims under the guise of freedom of expression,” said Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi.
In protest against France’s position on freedom of expression and cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, Pakistan has called in the French ambassador. The statements of French President Emmanuel Macron were irresponsible and would pour fire into the oil, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Monday. “No one has the right to hurt the feelings of millions of Muslims under the guise of freedom of expression.
Macron had earlier reaffirmed the right to publish the cartoons. France will not “renounce cartoons and drawings, even if others withdraw from them,” Macron had said at a memorial service for the murdered teacher Samuel Paty on Wednesday.
Paty was beheaded in mid-October in a town near Paris. The 18-year-old perpetrator was then shot dead by police officers. His motive, according to previous findings, was that Paty had shown the cartoons in the classroom during the freedom of speech lessons.
As with the assassination attempt on the French satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” in 2015, a discussion about freedom of expression and blasphemy flared up. Some countries with a majority Muslim population called for a boycott of France. In Islam it is forbidden to depict the Prophet.