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World does not need further polarisation: PM Imran | The Express Tribune

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday said the world does not need further polarization and public statements based on ignorance would further fuel hatred, Islamophobia and space of extremists.

The premier was reacting to an earlier statement by French President Emmanuel Macron, who pledged to fight “Islamist separatism”, which he said was threatening to take control in some Muslim communities around France, after the brutal beheading of a 47-year-old French teacher in a town near Paris.

The prime minister said the hallmark of a leader is bringing people together and gave the example of Nelson Mandela.

“This is a time when President Macron could have put healing touch and denied space to extremists rather than creating further polarisation and marginalisation that inevitably leads to radicalization,” said Imran in a tweet.

Imran said it was “unfortunate” that the French president had to chosen to encourage Islamophobia in his country by “attacking Islam” rather than the terrorists who carry out the violence, whether they are “Muslims, white supremacists or Nazi ideologists”.

“Sadly, President Macron has chosen to deliberately provoke Muslims, including his own citizens.”

Criticising the French president further, Imran said Macron, by attacking Islam without having a clear understanding of the religion, has hurt the sentiments of millions of Muslims in Europe and the world over.

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry also slammed the French President saying that “the ignorant extremists of France do not love world peace and they are offending thousands by their rigid policies regarding Islam”.

Turkish President Erdogan had also called out Macron by asking: “What is the problem of this person called Macron with Muslims and Islam? Macron needs treatment on a mental level.” The French ambassador to Turkey was also recalled after President Erdogan criticised Macron for failing to curb rising Islamophobia in France.

President Macron earlier unveiled a plan to defend France’s secular values against what he termed as “Islamist radicalism”, saying the religion was “in crisis” all over the world prompting severe backlash.


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