Man arrested for trying to attack French embassy in Pakistan
Islamabad, May 18 (efe-epa).- The Pakistani police arrested Thursday a man trying to attack the French embassy in Islamabad, in revenge for French President Emmanuel Macron’s allegedly blasphemous comments on Islam and his support for the controversial cartoons of Prophet Mohammed.
Mansoor Ali fired several shots in the air with a rifle at one of the entrances to the diplomatic enclave of Islamabad in an attempt to bypass the security of the premises and attack the French embassy, a police officer, who asked not to be named, told EFE.
Ali’s attempt to attack the embassy was foiled and he was immediately arrested, the source added.
“He said in his initial statement that he wanted to take revenge against the French president over his blasphemous remarks,” the officer said.
Macron’s statements after a young extremist beheaded his teacher in France for showing controversial caricatures of Prophet Muhammad during a class on freedom of expression in October, caused much resentment in the Muslim world.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan had then accused the French president of attacking and hurting the sentiments of millions of Muslims around the world.
Protests against France were held across the country in the following weeks, and Islamist parties blocked the main entrance to the capital to force the government to expel the French ambassador from the country.
Some of these protests ended up in clashes with the police when the demonstrators tried to reach the French embassy crying for the “head of the blasphemer”.
Moreover, a boycott of French products followed across the Muslim majority country.
Prime minister Khan has also repeatedly denounced the prevalence of Islamophobia in Europe. EFE-EPA