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January 17, 2015

JI demands French envoy’s expulsion


January 17, 2015

PESHAWAR: The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) on Friday urged the government to expel the French ambassador from Islamabad for not taking action against the weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo.
The JI staged big rallies in the city to protest the publication of blasphemous caricatures by the French magazine. JI provincial head Prof Mohammad Ibrahim led the rally taken out from Markaz-e-Islami on the Grand Trunk (GT) Road.
The protesters changed slogans against the French government and management of the magazine for publishing the blasphemous sketches. Carrying banners and placards, the protesters marched on the GT Road. They also called upon the Muslim countries to cut off diplomatic ties with France.
Some protesters demanded that the publisher should be hanged for insulting Islam and other religions in blasphemous sketches during the last several years.Addressing the protesters, Prof Ibrahim said the religious sentiments of millions of Muslims across the world have been hurt, but there was no one to condemn such acts.
He criticised the rulers of the Muslim countries for their silence over the issue, asking them to unite and protest the publication of the blasphemous caricatures by newspapers in Europe.All the Muslim countries and religious groups, including JI, had condemned attack on Charlie Hebdo. However, the re-publication of the blasphemous sketches by the weekly has triggered anger all over the Muslim world against the publishers.
“The Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation should call an emergency meeting and take a collective stance over the issue. The European countries must be conveyed the message that the insult of Islam and Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) will never be tolerated,” said Prof Ibrahim.
The JI, Peshawar district chapter, brought out another rally from historical Masjid Mahabat Khan and marched through various trade centres to Chowk Yadgar.Led by Sabir Hussain Awan, former provincial minister Hafiz Hashmat and Khalid

Waqas, the rally demanded the Muslim world to cut off ties with France and other countries where such blasphemous sketches were published to provoke Muslims all over the world. Heavy police contingents were deployed to maintain law and order during the rallies.
“We are against all forms of terrorism. But we believe that disrespecting a religion or Holy Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) also amounts to terrorism,” stated JI chief Sirajul Haq the other day.
Our correspondent in Nowshera adds: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Sami (JUI-S) chief Maulana Samiul Haq on Friday accused France’s Charlie Hebdo magazine of inciting violence by publishing blasphemous caricatures.
He said the publication of the blasphemous material was a declaration of war against Islam. A protest rally was organised here on his directives which was led by his son Hamidul Haq.Addressing a public rally organised to protest the publishing of blasphemous caricatures, he said publication of the blasphemous material was a challenge to the 1.5billion Muslims around the world.
The protesters marched from Darul Uloom Haqania and gathered at the Afghani Pattak. “The rulers of Pakistan are committing treason by not severing ties with France over the blasphemy,” the JUI-S leader said. He added that enemies of Islam were pushing us to engage in violent activities by insulting Islam and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

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