Pakistan diplomat summoned by French international ministry over President Alvi’s remarks

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Muslims protest in opposition to rising Islamophobia, in France, 2019. — AFP

PARIS: A member of Pakistan’s diplomatic employees was summoned on Tuesday by the French international ministry after remarks by President Arif Alvi, who had urged the European nation to reevaluate laws that’s seen as discriminatory in opposition to Muslims.

“When you see that laws are being changed in favour of a majority to isolate a minority, that is a dangerous precedent,” the president had warned.

“I urge the political leadership of France not to entrench these attitudes into laws… You have to bring people together — not to stamp a religion in a certain manner and create disharmony among the people or create bias,” the president had mentioned whereas addressing a world convention on non secular freedom and minorities rights on Saturday.

The French international ministry mentioned late Monday it had known as in Pakistan’s cost d’affaires to mark “our shock and our disapproval [over President Alvi’s remarks]”.

The ministry mentioned that the invoice “contains no discriminatory element”.

“It is guided by the basic principles of freedom of religion and conscience, makes no distinction between the different religions and applies therefore equally to all faiths,” the ministry insisted.

“Pakistan must understand this and adopt a constructive attitude for our bilateral relations,” it added.

Alvi warns of repercussions

President Alvi, during the conference, had said the French legislation is not in line with the United Nations Charter and contradicts the spirit of social harmony that Europe previously instilled in its society.

“Let there not be a retrogressive step for situations which arise out of animosity and for situations which are carried forward by the people who do not know about the real Islam,” he mentioned.

Alvi mentioned the harm won’t be evident at current, however would finally find yourself in a horrible situation of hatred and hostility.

“To label the entire religion in a different manner and to start taking precautions against the entire community sparks the fact that if not now, it will have very bad repercussions in the next 10 years,” he mentioned.

The president additional underscored that when Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) identify is taken in useless within the identify of freedom of expression and faith, it hurts the emotions of Muslims world wide and is taken into account an insult to the extremely revered character.

He identified that legal guidelines exist within the West about safety of sure concepts similar to Holocaust, the violation of which creates disharmony.

“Similarly, laws [about protecting the dignity of the Holy Prophet (PBUH)] should make sure that this does not happen,” he mentioned.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has additionally voiced considerations on behalf of the Muslim Ummah over a rising wave of intolerance in opposition to Muslims.

He wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, asking for a ban on Islamophobic content material on the social media platform and likewise urged Muslim leaders to collectively elevate their voice and break the cycle of hate and extremism between the Muslim and Western world “that nurtures violence”.

The prime minister had final yr strongly objected to remarks by French president Emmanuel Macron that had damage Muslim sentiments. PM Imran mentioned that the very last thing the world needs or wants is additional polarisation.