Pakistan President Arif Alvi cautions France against enacting anti-Muslim laws
Islamabad: Pakistan President Arif Alvi has urged political leadership of France “not to entrench the discriminatory attitudes against Muslim into laws”, a comment which may further deteriorate relationship between the two nations.
Alvi made the remark with reference to the French parliament’s lower house on Tuesday with overwhelming majority that would strengthen oversight of mosques, in an act of discrimination against Muslims.
“You [France] need to bring people together and not to stamp a religion in a certain manner to create disharmony and bias,” Alvi told an international conference on religious freedom and minorities rights as quoted by the The Express Tribune.
French President Emmanuel Macron's top advisor, Emmanuel Bonne, has said the relationship between France and Pakistan has touched 'historic low'.
"During this crisis, after the campaign against us, our relations with Pakistan probably are at a historic low. This is not exactly what we want, we assume it because our priorities and language are clear," he was quoted as saying by ANI.
France in December last arrested four people of Pakistani origin for their suspected links to the attack in late September by a young Pakistani outside the former offices of the Charlie Hebdo weekly.