“Macron is doing to Muslims what the Nazis did to the Jews,” Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari said before deleting her tweet and issuing a clarification amid protest by France over her remarks.
[REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE] Supporters of a religious political party burning a representation of the French flag with president Emmanuel Macron’s face on it in Karachi on November 13 (Photo Credits: AP)
Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari on Sunday withdrew comments she made about French President Emmanuel Macron after France’s foreign minister registered a protest in this regard. The exchange is only the latest in an ongoing war of words between France and Pakistan over the former’s stance on Charlie Hebdo caricatures on the Prophet Mohammad and the brutal killing of Professor Samuel Pati.
In a tweet on November 22, Shireen Mazari had said, “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.”
— France in Pakistan (@FranceinPak) November 22, 2020
The French Embassy in Pakistan termed the Pakistani minister’s claims as “Fake news and false accusation”.
After Shireen Mazari took down her earlier tweet, she posted a message on Twitter addressed to her by French Ambassador to Pakistan Marc Barety. “The French Envoy to Pak sent me the following message and as the article I had cited has been corrected by the relevant publication, I have also deleted my tweet on the same,” she added.
The French Envoy to Pak sent me the following message and as the article I had cited has been corrected by the relevant publication, I have also deleted my tweet on the same. pic.twitter.com/mgOS5RFYwm
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) November 22, 2020
Referring to the Pakistani minister’s earlier statement, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian had told RTL radio that the comments were unacceptable and should be withdrawn. Drian went on to add that some media outlets were taking advantage of Shireen Mazari’s earlier remarks and have since issued clarifications in this regard.
In October, Pakistan’s parliament passed a resolution urging Imran Khan’s PTI government to recall its envoy from Paris. The resolution cited French President Emmanuel Macron’s remarks in the wake of the recent terror attacks in France as the reason.
(With inputs from Reuters)