Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan accused French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday of “attacking Islam”, after the European leader criticised Islamists and defended the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.
Khan’s comments follow statements Macron made last week after a French teacher was beheaded near Paris after he had shown cartoons of the Prophet during a class he was leading on free speech. Macron said the teacher “was killed because Islamists want our future.”
“This is a time when Pres Macron could have put healing touch & denied space to extremists rather than creating further polarisation & marginalisation that inevitably leads to radicalisation,” Khan wrote.
“It is unfortunate that he has chosen to encourage Islamophobia by attacking Islam rather than the terrorists who carry out violence, be it Muslims, White Supremacists or Nazi ideologists.”
Hallmark of a leader is he unites human beings, as Mandela did, rather than dividing them. This is a time when Pres… https://t.co/kYfqzsrJnl
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) 1603615844000
Macron already sparked controversy earlier this month when he said “Islam is a religion that is in crisis all over the world”.