TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Thousands protested in Pakistan to strongly condemn the move by the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo to recirculate cartoons about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and Islam.
The demonstrations began on Thursday and continued into Friday, spreading into cities such as Lahore and Islamabad, with crowds marching and some people burning the French flag, RT reported.
Pakistan’s foreign ministry condemned the magazine’s decision ahead of publication, calling it a “deliberate act to offend the sentiments of billions of Muslims,” and adding that it “cannot be justified as an exercise in press freedom or freedom of expression.”
Charlie Hebdo’s special edition on September 2 featured a reprint of some of its Islam-themed cartoons, including the depictions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that triggered the 2015 gun attack on its Paris premises. Twelve people were killed in the raid, and a further five in the days that followed, as the gunmen went on the run.
Said and Cherif Kouachi, the two brothers who carried out the attack, died in a shootout with the police north of Paris two days after their assault on Charlie Hebdo. The trial centers on 13 men and one woman who are accused of having been accomplices in the terrorist plot.