As calls for a boycott of France grow following the publication of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Pakistan parliament has passed a resolution, urging the state to recall its ambassador stationed in Paris.
However, the resolution moved by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi willfully ignored the fact that Pakistan has no ambassador in Paris for the past three months. Moin-ul-Haq, who was heading the Pakistani mission in France, was transferred to China in August.
In the absence of the ambassador, Muhammad Amjad Aziz Qazi, who is deputy head of the mission, is looking after the affairs of the embassy till the new appointment.
Geo News reported FM Qureshi was aware of the fact that the Pakistan embassy in France is without an ambassador but he didn’t oblige the house by passing on the information.
The resolution didn’t mention the expulsion of the French envoy in Islamabad as it thinks it would be an “extreme step”.
On Monday, Pakistan had summoned French envoy to register a protest for hurting sentiments of Muslims around the world.
Qureshi had said that it was time to make a collective decision on the sensitive issue. “Civilised nations should respect Muslim sentiments,” he had added.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has also condemned Macron, saying that the French president “attacked Islam” by encouraging the display of the blasphemous caricatures.