Pakistan Parliament Considering Expulsion of French Envoy

Lahore, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s parliament considers a resolution on Tuesday over whether to expel a French envoy over the publication of a controversial cartoon depicting Islamic prophets, and the government is radical Muslims. We will test if we succumb to the threat from.

Under the resolution, the proceedings against Islamists over the deadly anti-French protest will be withdrawn, the state’s interior minister said.

The fate of the resolution was unclear, but the mere debate on this issue in parliament was whether Imran Khan succumbed to hardline pressure and succumbed to the outlawed Pakistani Tehreek-e-Labaik party. Will be a test of.

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad announced the proposal in a video message after an overnight discussion with party representatives who have been gathering for the expulsion of the French ambassador since last week.

Supporters of the group are angry with the publication of comics in France. They are also protesting the April 12 arrest of priestly leader Saadi Sultan, who emerged as group leader in November after the sudden death of his father, Kadim Hussein Hussein. His party wanted a boycott of French goods, and the French ambassador was banished in February under a signed agreement between the government and the Lizbi party.

However, the government said it had promised to discuss the issue in parliament by Tuesday, April 20. At that time, Ahmad was the French ambassador to the Diet, where the Khan administration was in the House of Representatives.

The Kahn administration has a majority in parliament.

Lizbi supporters went to streets across the country last week when police arrested him for threatening the government in protest of a request to expel a French envoy. The reaction from Lizbi’s supporters to his arrest was so rapid that the violence quickly spread nationwide, killing four policemen and at least six demonstrators.

Kahn banned local media coverage of the Lizbi party’s news when authorities sent paramilitary organizations to assist police in cracking down on Lizbi’s supporters.

Power outages in protest by Lizbi supporters continued in Pakistan. In Pakistan, the country’s powerful army uses a variety of tactics to curb press freedom. According to a report released by Reporters Without Borders, Pakistan is ranked 145 in the World Freedom Index and is one of the countries where the military and institutions control journalists.

According to media reports, the majority of media outlets reluctantly adhere to the red lines imposed by the military. “Pakistan’s censorship equipment is still struggling to control social media, the only space where some critical voices can be heard,” he added.

Pakistan’s security forces have cleared almost all sedentary movements in a series of operations, but supporters of Lizbi are still rallying in Lahore, the capital of eastern Punjab, which attacked a police station over the weekend. Proponents took 11 police officers hostage and released them on Monday after a meeting with the government.

Ahmed said government talks with Lizbi’s group would continue and details will be shared later on Tuesday.

The latest development is the day after a televised speech defending his decision not to expel the French envoy, saying it could affect trade relations between Pakistan and the European Union.

Tensions stem from last year’s remarks by the President of France, who defended freedom of speech by publishing a caricature of the Islamic prophet Muhammad in a satirical newspaper, which has garnered criticism from the entire Islamic world.

The Lizbi Party has a history of holding violent rallies to influence the government in support of the country’s controversial blasphemy law.


Ahmed reported by Islamabad