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Protest aga­inst the French government were held also in Balochistan's Dera Murad Jamali and Khuzdar towns

Sunday November 1, 2020 12:40 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Protest against France

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Quetta: Hundreds of Pakistani citizens belonging to Hindu, Sikh and Christian commu­nities, staged a protest here against French Presi­dent Emmanuel Macron for defending the republication of blasphemous caricatures by a magazine.

The protesters on Saturday started a march from the Arya Samaj temple and after marching on different roads of the city staged the sit-in outside the Quetta Press Club, Dawn news reported

The protest was led by MPA Danesh Kumar, Pastor Simon Bashir and Sikh community leader Sardar Jasbeer Singh.

Speaking on the occasion, Kumar said that the re-p­ublication of blasphe­mous caricatures by the French magazine and the Macron government's decision of defending it had hurt the feelings of not only Muslims, but also members of mino­­rity communities in Pakistan.

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While Pastor Bashir demanded an apology from the French government, Singh condemned the French government's support of the publication.

According to reports, protest demonstrations aga­inst the French government were held also in Balochistan's Dera Murad Jamali and Khuzdar towns.

Protests against France and its President are held in Pakistan at the backdrop of unlikely support extended to Macron by the Indian government. Some Hindu groups, especially associated with the ruling BJP and RSS, too are supporting the French government.

Indian Muslims have slammed the Modi government's decision to take sides in this international controvery raked by what they called "irresponsible" and "provocative" stand taken by Macron.

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