Islamabad – Mudasser CHudhary:
A resolution was tabled in the National Assembly (NA) on Tuesday for the deportation of the French ambassador from Pakistan over the issue of blasphemous caricatures being published in the European country and the subsequent remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron.
NA Speaker Asad Qaiser presided over the session during which MNA Amjad Ali Khan presented the resolution. It stated that blasphemous sketches were published by a French magazine, and then the French president’s remarks hurt the sentiments of hundreds of millions of Muslims in the name of freedom of expression.
“The House condemns the publication of insulting sketches by the controversial French magazine Charlie Hebdo and Muslims around the world had also expressed outrage at the publication of the sketches,” the resolution added.
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The resolutions also asked for a debate over the issue of deporting the French ambassador and also proposed to provide spaces in different parts of the country for protests on religious issues.
It added that instead of blocking roads, specific places for protests should be identified.
“All Muslim countries should be consulted on the issue and all European countries in general and France, in particular, should be made aware of the seriousness of the issue,” the resolution further added.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan also moved a motion to form a parliamentary committee on the issue.
The house was then adjourned till Friday, April 23.