Shireen Mazari withdrew comments she made earlier that Emmanuel Macron was treating Muslims like Nazis had treated Jews in World War Two. The federal minister for human rights made the tweet on Sunday.
France’s foreign minister had asked Pakistan to withdraw Mazari’s comments on Twitter.
She posted the remarks after a clash between Pakistan and France. What for? Over the publication of images of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). A French magazine had published the images.
The images sparked anger and protests in the Muslim world, especially in Pakistan.
“Macron is doing to Muslims what the Nazis did to the Jews – Muslim children will get ID numbers (other children won’t) just as Jews were forced to wear the yellow star on their clothing for identification,” Mazari had said in a tweet.
The article was, however, was changed on Sunday. In a follow-up tweet, Mazari doubled down on her claims following an objection by France’s foreign ministry.
It described them as “blatant lies” that were inspired by an ideology of hatred and violence.
Later on Sunday, however, Mazari tweeted, “The article I had cited has been corrected by the relevant publication, I have also deleted my tweet on the same.”
Besides, Mazari said she had been alerted to the correction by the French ambassador to Pakistan.
French FM Jean-Yves Le Drian said the comments were unacceptable and should be withdrawn from Twitter.
Pakistan accuses Macron of “hate-mongering” against Muslims
Pakistan’s parliament passed a resolution urging the government to recall its envoy from Paris. It accused Macron of “hate-mongering” against Muslims.
Macron had paid tribute to a French history teacher. An 18-year-old Chechen man beheaded him for showing the very cartoons.
Meanwhile, French officials said the beheading was an assault on the French freedom of expression.
Charlie Hebdo republished the cartoons in September. Moreover, Macron again defended secularism. He said the freedom of belief went hand in hand with freedom of expression.
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