This Muhammad cartoon crisis Keep kicking Pakistan, The controversial issue has escalated to At least four people were killed and 800 people were injured Due to the conflict with the police, in addition to the resettlement country On the edge of isolation For the possibility Discontinued diplomatic relations with France.
The Pakistani government is preparing to submit a resolution to the parliament on Tuesday to Expelling the French ambassador of the controversial cartoon, The decision was made after reaching an agreement with Islamists to end the protests that shook Asian countries.
Since last fall, this crisis has been brewing, and its root cause is The terrible beheading of Samuel Paty, A French teacher who showed his students some controversial cartoons of Muhammad published every week Charlie Hebdo, Its newsroom was the target of a bloody attack by Islamists in 2015.
Paty was beheaded in the middle of this street on October 16. This was another terrorist attack that shocked France.A week later, the president Emmanuel Macron Declare that the country is willing “Continue to fight for freedom” When interpreted as an endorsement of Muhammad’s cartoons, some of the comments caused blisters in the Muslim world. One of the taboos of Islam is to show the image of a prophet.
On April 12, Pakistani police Arrested Saad Hussain Rzivi, the leader of the radical Islamic group Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), It is requested that the French ambassador be expelled from the country before April 20. The organization was banned last week.
The arrest of radical leaders and Prohibition of TLP triggers new protests Mainly affected the Punjab region.For many days, the main road has been blocked, and there have been many riots and clashes with the police. The government He temporarily blocked the social network It is difficult to organize new protests during Friday prayers.
In the end, the authorities had to Negotiations with radical groups, This Monday agreed to release 11 police officers who were taken hostage.
This tuesday The government stretched out its hands And is going to propose to the National Assembly a Expelled the French ambassador, Protest Macron’s position on the cartoon issue. The Chamber of Commerce has postponed the meeting to Thursday.
In exchange for this resolution, Islamists pledged End the protest.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan announced in a televised speech on Monday that the news was announced after the expulsion of the French ambassador as the controversial cartoon. This will only hurt Pakistan.
“If we expel the French ambassador, Pakistan will suffer losses and France will do nothing”, Khan said in a televised speech.
Khan argued that cutting ties with European countries would mean Exports decrease, unemployment increases, Factories closed, inflation rate rose and poverty increased.
“So, will this hurt us or France?” The president wanted to know that he insisted that a breakdown in relations with the country would mean doing so with destinations across the EU (half of textile exports).
Thursday will see in the conference hall whether Pakistan has finally succumbed to pressure from militant groups.