TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Pakistan authorities sealed off a major road into the capital Islamabad for a second day Monday as hundreds of people held fresh anti-France protests.
A rally in the neighboring city of Rawalpindi which attracted up to 5,000 people on Sunday spilled over into Monday, with around a thousand protesters gathering at the roadblock preventing them from entering the capital.
Pakistan has seen massive protests over the past few weeks in response to French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent insulting remarks against Islam.
Pakistan has lodged a complaint with France over a “systematic Islamophobic campaign” in the European nation.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has accused the French president of attacking the Muslim faith and urged Islamic countries to work together to counter growing repression in Europe.
Sunday’s march was organized by cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi, the head of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).