KARACHI - A group of barefoot demonstrators led by MPA Raja Azhar from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Thursday marched towards French Consulate here to register their protest against blasphemous caricatures of Holy Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) in France.

PTI Korangi office-bearers along with other protesters chanted slogans against the French act of disrespect.

Raja Azhar on the occasion said that Muslim brothers and sisters around the world were angry over the irresponsible act in France adding he said they would go to every extent for the protection of honor of Holy Prophet (PBUP).

He further said that no religion should be disrespected in the name of freedom of expression. The lawmaker said that they were registering their protest over such act in France. He appealed to the people to boycott French products in the country.

He also submitted a condemnation letter to French Consulate in Karachi.

Scores of people staged an anti-France rally in Clifton in protest against French President Emmanuel Macron’s act of defending publication of sketches of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

No religion should be disrespected in name of freedom of expression

The rally was called by the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) and led by its city chief Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman. The protesters chanted slogans against the French president and castigated blasphemous caricatures in France.

They called for a boycott of all French products urged the government to call back Pakistan foreign mission in France and also ‘kick out’ the French ambassador in Islamabad. They were chanting slogans against France and other European countries and termed France an “enemy of Muslims” saying the Pakistani nation was ready to sacrifice and never allow anyone to disgrace the holiness of the Prophet (PBUH).

They were also carrying banners inscribed with slogans ‘we will sacrifice everything for upholding holiness of our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’, etc.

The protesters marched towards the French consulate general and after reaching there they put on fire an effigy of the French president and also torn out his pictures.

Addressing the rally, Hafiz Naeem said: “It is a matter of great concern that rulers of the Muslim world cannot dare to condemn France and Europe and sending French missions back from their countries.”

He also asked Prime Minister Imran Khan to send back French ambassador, announce boycott of French products and termed publication of caricatures by France and Europe ‘terrorism’.

“Every single Muslim in the whole Muslim world reveres the sacredness of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and always ready to defend his ‘Hurmat’ at all cost,” he remarked.

Later, MPA Syed Abdul Rasheed presented a memorandum to officials at the French consulate general calling upon the French president to apologise to the Muslim world on this heinous act.

Meanwhile, talking to the medai Hafiz Naeem said his party had planned to hold protest demonstrations across the country.

He announced that the JI would stage countrywide demonstrations to denounce the discreditable act on the appeal of JI emir Senator Siraj-ul-Haq on Oct 30 (tomorrow).

He further said that the JI would bring out a ‘Tahaffuz Namos-e-Risalat rally on M A Jinnah Road from Quaid-e-Azam mausoleum to Sea Breeze Plaza on Nov 1.

On Nov 3, a ‘women march’ would also be taken out, he said.

MPA Rasheed said on the occasion that Muslims all over world were united on a single platform to condemn the so-called right of expression.

He warned that no personnel of the French mission would be allowed to stay here anymore until an apology from the French president.

“Muslims are like a single soul and Muslim world is ready to sacrifice all things for dignity of Holy Prophet (PBUH),” he asserted.