NA, session, House condemns publication of insulting sketches by the controversial French magazine Charlie Hebdo
Dialogue with TLP is in light with constitution, law of Pakistan: Fawad
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.
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.
Earlier, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Monday said that Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) government is holding talks with leaders of Tehreek e Labaik Pakistan (TLP), under well-defined parameters given in the constitution and law of the country.
“We want to resolve the issues with TLP in a peaceful environment and without agitation,” he said in an interview with a private television channel.
Voicing serious concerns over foreign funding and direction being given to supporters of defunct organization, he said there was need to find the clue that who is behind the supporters of defunct organization.
Anti-state elements were trying to create unrest in this part of the region, he observed. It was strange that some 32,000 tweets have been identified that has linked with rival country India.
The tweets were originating from Indian side, and it was a matter of serious concern for Pakistan, he remarked. Replying to a question about shutter down call, he said some shops were partially closed.