Hundreds of supporters of a radical Islamist celebration in Pakistan continued to protest over depictions of the Prophet Muhammad in France that they deem blasphemous.
They had been angered by remarks made by French President Emmanuel Macron within the wake of the homicide of French instructor Samuel Paty.
Macron defended the liberty of expression to supply the cartoons and attacked “Islamist separatism”.
The protesters in Pakistan — supporters of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) celebration — referred to as for the expulsion of the French ambassador in Islamabad. In addition they wish to lower diplomatic relations with France and withdraw their ambassador from the nation.
Muhammad Latif, a protester on the occasion in Islamabad, stated: “We love our prophet, we are going to give our life for the respect and honour of Prophet Muhammad, we are going to give our life however cannot settle for the French ambassador’s presence right here.”
The sit-in, which has continued at an essential intersection, began unplanned on the finish of a protest march from Rawalpindi led by TLP chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi, regardless of resistance by police on Sunday night time.
TLP supporters defied the safety preparations of police and the administration and clashed with safety forces at completely different factors on the best way to the Faizabad intersection.
Tehreek-e-Labaik claimed on Sunday that lots of its supporters had been injured by police throughout in a single day clashes in Rawalpindi.
The federal government has stated it needs the protesters to peacefully disperse and authorities are in communication with Rizvi to finish the sit-in together with the opposite clerics in attendance.
The TLP has a historical past of staging such protests and sit-ins to press their calls for.
The rally has additionally induced inconvenience to commuters as authorities suspended cell phone companies within the space and the one bus service linking Rawalpindi with Islamabad.
The prophet caricatures are deemed offensive by many Muslims and have sparked protests in Asia and the Center East, with requires a boycott of French merchandise. They had been additionally seen because the set off for a number of assaults in opposition to French nationals and pursuits in latest weeks.