Why Pakistan should not alienate France

11th May, 2021

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Franco-Pakistan relations

Pakistan is looking another major home-made calamity in the face, namely, the souring of Franco-Pakistan relations due to the rise of extremism in both countries. Known for its provocative anti-religious stance, the French satirical magazine "Charlie Hebdo" suffered a deadly jihadist attack in Paris in 2015 for publishing cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The magazine republished the cartoons in September 2020. Comments by French President Macron in October in support of the magazine's right to publish the cartoons triggered anger across the Muslim world, with tens of thousands in Pakistan, Iran and other Muslim countries, flooding the streets and organising anti-French boycotts.

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