World France recommends that its nationals temporarily leave Pakistan

14:25  15 april  2021
14:25  15 april  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  La France recommande à ses ressortissants de quitter temporairement le Pakistan © provided by the

point the Embassy of France to Pakistan recommended Thursday, April 15 to its nationals and to the French companies to leave the country temporarily, Due to "serious threats" that weigh on French interests. "Due to the serious threats to the French interests in Pakistan, it is recommended that French nationals and French companies are expected to leave the country provisionally," wrote the embassy in a message sent to the French residing in Pakistan, where violent Anti-French events took place this week.

A radical Islamist party, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), partially stuck in the early week the two largest cities of the country, Lahore (East) and Karachi (South), as well as the capital Islamabad (North), To claim the expulsion of the Ambassador of France. The demonstrations were violently repressed by the police and made at least two dead on the police side.

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The supporters of the TLP reacted anger with arrest Monday in Lahore of their leader Saad Rizvi, a few hours after he had called a walk on April 20 in Islamabad to seek the expulsion of the French ambassador. The TLP requires this expulsion since President Emmanuel Macron defended the right to caricature in the name of freedom of expression, during the tribute to a teacher killed on October 16 after showing satirical drawings to His class, in the wake of the republication of the caricatures of the prophet Muhammad by the weekly Charlie Hebdo.

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The Government Pakistana announced its intention to prohibit the TLP, which had already been originally of violent events against France last fall. The words of Emmanuel Macron who had said that France would not give up caricatures, including those of the Prophet Muhammad, triggered manifestations in Pakistan and several other Muslim countries, as well as calls to the boycott of French products. Islam in its strict interpretation prohibits any representation of Muhammad. Blasphemy is an incendiary issue in Pakistan, where even unproven offense allegations to Islam can lead to murderers and lynching.

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end of October, Prime Minister Pakistani, Imran Khan , had accused Emmanuel Macron to "attack Islam" and the French ambassador to Pakistan Marc Barey had been summoned to complain about the "campaign Systematic Islamophobe under cover of freedom of expression "of the French President. Since then, relations have remained tense between the authorities of both countries. In November, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs firmly condemned the "detestable and false" remarks of the Pakistani Minister of Human Rights, Shireen Mazari, who said in a tweet that "Macron does to Muslims what the Nazis inflicted the Jews ".

to read also "When we make a caricature of Jesus and Muhammad, we do not do the same thing" then, in February, the Quai d'Orsay convened the Chargé d'affaires of the Embassy of Pakistan and Called Islamabad to a "constructive attitude" after the remarks made by President Pakistani, Arif Alvi, against a draft law aimed at radical Islam in France. The head of state felt that this "separatism" bill undermined Muslims. "Changing laws (...) To isolate a minority constitutes a dangerous precedent," he said. Desired as a "marker" of the QuinQennate Macron, the bill provides for measures on the neutrality of public service, reinforced control of associations, a better transparency of all cults and their financing, home education, or the fight against virginity or polygamy certificates.

On September 25, a Pakistani, Zaheer Hassan Mahmoud, had seriously injured at the chopper two people

in front of the old local satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo . Some relatives had confirmed that the young man had watched Videos of the TLP. On Twitter, the hashtag #FrenchleavePakistan ("French, leave Pakistan") was quite popular, with 42,000 tweets on Thursday afternoon.

Pakistan’s parliament to debate French envoy’s expulsion .
Move follows comments by French president last year that were deemed to be ‘blasphemous’ by a far-right Pakistani party.The move came amid negotiations with the now-banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) after days of violent protests by the party that has seen at least four policemen killed and more than 800 wounded.

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