• Writes to Fb looking for a ban on such statements
• Says France wants a therapeutic contact as given by Nelson Mandela
• FO alarmed at statements of politicians justifying such acts
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday denounced French President Emmanuel Macron’s remarks on blasphemous caricatures, calling them “encouragement of Islamophobia”.
He was referring to feedback made on Wednesday by President Macron by which he criticised Islamists and vowed to not “quit cartoons” depicting Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
The French president additionally contended that Samuel Paty, a instructor who was beheaded not too long ago for exhibiting the blasphemous sketches, was “killed because Islamists need our future”.
In a collection of tweets, PM Khan stated the signal of a pacesetter was that he united individuals like former South African president Nelson Mandela.
“This can be a time when President Macron might have put [a] therapeutic contact and denied house to extremists somewhat than creating additional polarisation and marginalisation that inevitably results in radicalisation,” he stated.
Mr Khan regretted that the French president had as an alternative chosen to encourage Islamophobia by “attacking Islam somewhat than the terrorists who perform violence, be it Muslims, White Supremacists or Nazi ideologists”.
“By attacking Islam, clearly with out having any understanding of it, President Macron has attacked and harm the feelings of tens of millions of Muslims in Europe and the world over,” he stated, including that, “the very last thing the world needs or wants is additional polarisation”.
Public statements based mostly on ignorance will create extra hate, Islamophobia and house for extremists, he stated.
Writes to Fb CEO
Later, Prime Minister Khan requested social media large Fb to put a ban on Islamophobia and hate towards Islam simply because it had positioned on the Holocaust.
In a letter to Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg, PM Khan stated: “I’m writing to attract your consideration to the rising Islamophobia that’s encouraging hate, extremism and violence the world over and particularly via the usage of social media platforms together with Fb. I respect your taking the step to rightly ban any posting that criticises or questions the Holocaust, which was the end result of the Nazi pogrom of the Jews in Germany and throughout Europe as Nazis unfold throughout Europe.”
He stated right now we have been seeing an identical pogrom towards Muslims in several components of the world.
“In India, anti-Muslim legal guidelines and measures similar to CAA and NRC in addition to focused killings of Muslims and blaming Muslims for coronavirus are reflective of the abominable phenomenon of Islamophobia. In France, Islam has been related to terrorism and publication of blasphemous cartoons concentrating on Islam and our Holy Prophet (PBUH) has been allowed,” he wrote.
“Given the rampant abuse and vilification of Muslims on social media platforms, I’d ask you to put an identical ban on Islamophobia and hate towards Islam for Fb that you’ve put in place for the Holocaust,” he added.
In the meantime, the Overseas Workplace issued an announcement saying Pakistan condemned within the strongest method the systematic resurgence of blasphemous acts of republication of caricatures of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and desecration of the Holy Quran by sure irresponsible parts in some developed international locations.
“We’re additional alarmed at extremely disturbing statements by sure politicians justifying such heinous acts below the garb of freedom of expression and equating Islam with terrorism, for slim electoral and political good points,” the assertion stated.
It stated that below worldwide human rights legislation, the train of the appropriate to freedom of expression carried with it particular duties and tasks.
The dissemination of racist concepts, defamation and ridiculing different religions, denigration of spiritual personalities, hate speech and incitement to violence weren’t allowed expressions of this basic freedom.
“Such unlawful and Islamophobic acts fanning inter-religious hatred, hostility and confrontation are the very foundation of horrendous terrorist acts like Christ Church, thereby imperiling future prospects of peace and concord amongst civilisations,” the Overseas Workplace stated.
It added that while having anti-blasphemy and prison legal guidelines for delicate points similar to denial of Holocaust, the justification by a number of politicians in some western international locations for insulting sentiments of Muslims, was a blatant reflection of double requirements which severely eroded their human rights credentials.
The FO stated Pakistan had at all times supported and continued to steer worldwide efforts for combating intolerance, discrimination and violence on the premise of faith or perception.
“Each in our nationwide capability in addition to a part of the OIC group, we now have advocated arduously for the alliance of civilisations and creating mutual understanding and respect for all religions, faiths and beliefs. We unequivocally condemn all acts of violence on the premise of faith or perception,” it added.
Prime Minister Khan, in his handle on the 75th UN Common Meeting session, had highlighted the latest incidents of Islamophobia and urged the worldwide neighborhood to take all vital steps to universally outlaw wilful provocations and incitement to hate and violence.
He additionally proposed to declare a world day to fight Islamophobia.
At a time of rising racism and populism, the worldwide neighborhood should present a standard resolve towards xenophobia, intolerance, stigmatisation and incitement to violence on the premise of faith or perception. It’s essential to work collectively for peaceable co-existence in addition to social and inter-faith concord, the Overseas Workplace assertion stated.
Some ministers additionally condemned President Macron’s remarks on Twitter.
Planning Minister Asad Umar stated freedom of expression was not with out limits, declaring that 16 European international locations criminalise denial of the Jewish holocaust. He additionally noticed that it was a prison offence to insult the monarch in the UK.
“Permitting individuals free rein to insult the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) below the garb of freedom of expression whereas defending establishments and historical past sacrosanct to different non secular beliefs and nationwide symbols is pure hypocrisy and condemnable,” he added.
Minister for Science and Know-how Fawad Chaudhry stated: “France’s silly extremists don’t maintain world peace pricey and they’re doing unacceptable acts.”
“Respect of the Prophet (PBUH) is a part of our religion. Perceive this nicely and perceive that the peace of the world is related to recognising and understanding every others’ beliefs,” Fawad Chaudhry tweeted.
A day earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed President Macron over his insurance policies in the direction of Muslims, saying that the French president wanted “psychological checks”.
Gulf Cooperation Council secretary common Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf referred to as Macron’s phrases “irresponsible”, and stated they might “improve the unfold of a tradition of hatred”.
Jordan’s international ministry stated it condemned the continued publication of blasphemous caricatures below the pretext of freedom of expression and any “discriminatory and deceptive makes an attempt that search to hyperlink Islam with terrorism”.
Revealed in Daybreak, October 26th, 2020