PM Imran slams French President Macron, says statements based on ignorance to create more hate, Islamophobia

PM Imran Khan
Caption: PM Imran Khan, file photo

Islamabad (Web Desk): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday slammed French President Emmanuel Macron, saying statements based on ignorance will create more hate, Islamophobia and space for extremists.

The premier said the European leader had chosen to “deliberately provoke” Muslims, including his own citizens.

“Hallmark of a leader is he unites human beings, as Mandela did, rather than dividing them. 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 radicalization,” the PM said in a series of tweets.

“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. Sadly, President Macron has chosen to deliberately provoke Muslims, incl his own citizens,” the PM maintained and add, “through encouraging the display of blasphemous cartoons targeting Islam & our Prophet PBUH. By attacking Islam,   clearly without having any understanding of it, President Macron has attacked & hurt the sentiments of millions of Muslims in Europe & across the world.”

“The last thing the world wants or needs is further polarisation. Public statements based on ignorance will create more hate, Islamophobia & space for extremists,” PM Khan said.

The PM was referring to comments made on Wednesday by President Macron in which he criticised Islamists and vowed not to "give up cartoons" depicting the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).