Fazl announces week-long protest against France
Urges businessmen to cancel trade deals with France
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Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has announced a week-long protest against the republication of blasphemous caricatures in French magazines and appealed Pakistani nation and traders to boycott the French products, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Addressing a news conference in Sukkur on Tuesday, the JUI-F chief said he wanted to appeal the Pakistani nation to join the protest this coming Friday (October 30) to next Friday (November 6) and mark this as ‘week of protest’.
Commenting on the French President Macron’s remarks against Islam, Fazl said if one person commits a crime then the state controls it but what if a ruler starts spreading hatred. “In this situation who would control the hatred,” he asked
“I appeal Pakistani people to boycott French products and traders must also cancel the already confirmed trade deals with France at all levels in a symbolic gesture. Please do not buy the French products,” the JUI-F chief said.
“Europe has become a strange place where they have become insensitive when it comes to religion,” he added.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman said he clearly remembered when Mullah Omar was Amir of Afghanistan in the Taliban regime and they tried to destroy Buddha statues in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. “I tried to meet with French Ambassador but in protest, the envoy cancelled a planned meeting with me because I supported the Taliban.”
He said: “If you feel that vandalism of Buddha statues hurt your feelings then why are you not aware that one-fourth of population of the world which are Muslims are badly feeling hurt by this republication of blasphemous caricatures.”