Islamist radical Khadim Hussain Rizvi leads Tehrik-e-Labbaik protest in Karachi, #Pakistan against #France.
Pakistan thousands urge to break diplomatic ties with France over defense of prophet cartoons.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Europeans have shown a lack of understanding for the fact that Islamic tradition explicitly forbids such images. Demonstrators took to the streets last week in Pakistan, Lebanon, Turkey and India to protest the French government and Macron’s controversial comments.
Thousands rallied in Karachi port city, Pakistan to sever diplomatic ties and boycott French products.
Protesters trampled on images of the French president and burned French flags.
Protesters rallied in the Pakistani port city of Karachi on Saturday against France’s position on publishing cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.
Activists from the far-right Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) party and Karachi residents took to the streets, calling for the Pakistani government to cut diplomatic and trade ties with France. Previously, the French government defended the right to free speech, including the publishing of the controversial images.
Islamist killing of a civics teacher near Paris earlier last month, Macron defended the right of French magazine Charlie Hebdo to publish caricatures of the prophet. Samuel Paty, 47, was killed last monthafter showing the cartoon images to his class, during a lesson on freedom of speech.
In an interview with Qatar-based Arabic TV station al Jazeera last Saturday, Macron said he understood the shock Muslims felt at the caricatures but defended freedom of expression and France’s secular values.