Pakistan summons French Ambassador to the Foreign Office

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Pakistan summons French Ambassador to the Foreign Office

The Foreign Office (FO) on Monday summoned the French ambassador, Marc Baréty, to lodge a "strong protest" against the publication of blasphemous sketches and recent comments made by French President Emmanuel Macron.

In a statement, FO Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry said that the ambassador was handed over a dossier by the special secretary (Europe).

The ambassador was told about Pakistan's condemnation of the publication of blasphemous sketches and the comments later made by Macron, the spokesperson said.

On Wednesday, Macron had criticised link Islamists and vowed not to “give up cartoons” depicting Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). The French president also contended that Samuel Paty, a teacher who was beheaded link recently for showing the blasphemous sketches, was “killed beca­use Islamists want our future”.