Pakistan's Cabinet denounced French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday for "distressing" remarks which are tantamount to hurting the feelings of Muslims across the globe.
In a meeting in Islamabad with Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Cabinet took note of French authorities' projection of blasphemous caricatures on government buildings last week as part of a tribute to history teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded in a Paris suburb earlier this month after showing caricatures in an elementary school class on freedom of speech, said a statement from the prime minister’s office.
The Cabinet "made it clear" that the sacrilege of Prophet Muhammad is "totally unacceptable for each and every Muslim in the world."
The meeting decided that the government would utilize "every possible" platform, including the Organization of Islamic Countries, to highlight the feelings of Muslims against the ongoing campaign.
In recent weeks, Macron has accused Muslims of "separatism” and described Islam as “a religion in crisis all over the world.”
The attacks coincided with a provocative move by Charlie Hebdo, a left-wing French satirical magazine infamous for publishing anti-Islamic caricatures, which have drawn widespread anger and outrage across the Muslim world.
Earlier this year, the magazine republished cartoons insulting Islam and Prophet Muhammad.
The caricatures were first published in 2006 by Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, sparking a wave of protests./aa