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France asks its citizens to leave Pakistan

Date: 17 April 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

The French embassy in Pakistan has asked its citizens residing in the country to leave temporarily owing to anti-French protests.

 

Background

From the last couple of days, Pakistan is experiencing an anti-France protest that has seen people threatening the French ambassador with death.

 

Details

  • Radical Islamic group The Tehreek-i-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) has been behind the protests. The move has been termed precautionary.

  • Anti-France sentiments have been growing in Pakistan since French President Emmanuel Macron had uprightly defended the publication of cartoons of Prophet Muhammad.

  • The TLP supporters have taken to the streets to put pressure on PM Imran Khan to expel the French ambassador from the country and ban French products.

  • The Pakistan government has arrested TLP leader Saad Rizvi and put a ban on the party to control the protests.

  • The arrest has further fuelled the protests and intensified it to the extent people are blocking major highways of the country.

 

TLP’s protests

  • The TLP had led a similar protest last year that had harmed the reputation of the government immensely.

  • The party has resumed its protests after the government failed to honour its agreement of acting against the French government.