Paris’ criticism comes after a Pakistani official mentioned President Macron was treating Muslims like Nazis handled Jews.
France is demanding Pakistan withdraw feedback made by one in every of its ministers that President Emmanuel Macron was treating Muslims like Nazis handled Jews in World Battle II.
The feedback posted on Twitter by Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari on Saturday got here as a part of a conflict between Pakistan and France over the republication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad by satirical French journal Charlie Hebdo.
The pictures have sparked anger and protests within the Muslim world, particularly in Pakistan.
The Prophet is deeply revered by Muslims and any form of visible depiction of him is forbidden in Islam. The caricatures in query are seen by Muslims as offensive and Islamophobic as a result of they’re perceived to hyperlink Islam with “terrorism”.
“Macron is doing to Muslims what the Nazis did to the Jews – Muslim youngsters will get ID numbers [other children won’t] simply as Jews have been pressured to put on the yellow star on their clothes for identification,” Mazari mentioned in a tweet linking to a web based article that had initially reported that France would implement an ID quantity system for Muslim youngsters and later posted a correction.
Macron is doing to Muslims what the Nazis did to the Jews – Muslim youngsters will get ID numbers (different youngsters received’t) simply as Jews have been pressured to put on the yellow star on their clothes for identification. https://t.co/YdP2L3flJS
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) November 21, 2020
In a follow-up tweet on Sunday, Mazari doubled down on her claims following condemnation by France’s international ministry late on Saturday.
French international ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll mentioned Paris knowledgeable the embassy of Pakistan of its sturdy condemnation of the feedback.
“These hateful phrases are blatant lies imbued with an ideology of hatred and violence. Such slander is unworthy of this degree of duty. We reject them with the best firmness,” she mentioned.
“Pakistan should rectify these remarks and return to the trail of a dialogue based mostly on respect.”
Pakistan’s parliament on the finish of October handed a decision urging the federal government to recall its envoy from Paris, accusing Macron of “hate-mongering” towards Muslims.
In early October, Macron made a speech during which he described Islam as a faith “in disaster” globally and mentioned he would work towards “Islamist separatism” in France.
Two weeks later, a French historical past trainer, Samuel Paty, was beheaded exterior his college by an 18-year-old man of Chechen origin for displaying the caricatures of the Prophet in a category on freedom of speech.
Macron paid tribute to Paty, refusing to sentence the proper to point out the caricatures, vowing: “We is not going to quit cartoons,” and defending France’s strict model of secularism and its lengthy custom of satire.
French officers have mentioned the beheading was an assault on the core French worth of freedom of expression. The assaults have prompted more durable rhetoric from Macron towards what he calls “Islamist separatism”.
In the meantime, hundreds throughout the Muslim world have protested towards Macron and his authorities, angered by the French chief’s feedback on Islam and by renewed official help for the proper to point out the caricatures.
Some Muslim nations have referred to as for boycotts of French merchandise and numerous worldwide media retailers – in addition to allies of France – have been crucial of the actions by Macron and his authorities.