Pakistan condemns knife attack in French city of Nice

French members of the elite tactical police unit RAID enter to search the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice as forensics officers wait after a knife attack in Nice on October 29, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 30 October 2020

Pakistan condemns knife attack in French city of Nice

  • Tunisian man beheads woman, kills two other people in a church in Nice on Thursday
  • “No justification for such acts of violence, in particular in places of worship,” foreign office says

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan said on Thursday it ‘strongly’ condemned the incident of a knife-wielding Tunisian man beheading a woman and killing two other people in a church in the French city of Nice.

Thursday’s attacks, on the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), came at a time of growing Muslim anger at France’s defense of the right to publish cartoons depicting the prophet (pbuh), and protesters have denounced France in street rallies in several Muslim-majority countries, including Pakistan.

The Nice attack also comes just under two weeks after a middle-school teacher in a Paris suburb was beheaded by an 18-year-old attacker who was apparently incensed by the teacher showing a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in class.

“Pakistan strongly condemns the attack that was carried out inside a church in Nice, France, today,” the foreign office said. “There is no justification for such acts of violence, in particular in places of worship.”

Pakistan’s parliament this week passed a resolution urging the government to recall its envoy from Paris over the publication of images of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in France, accusing President Emmanuel Macron of “hate-mongering” against Muslims.

The resolution came hours after the French ambassador in Islamabad was summoned to the foreign office for Pakistan to register its protest.

French President Macron had paid tribute to the French history teacher who was beheaded for showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and called him a hero and said that Islamists were a threat to the country.

On Sunday Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan took aim at Macron, saying he had attacked Islam by encouraging the display of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Khan also wrote to Facebook asking it to block blasphemous content.


Pakistan says no possibility of recognizing Israel before just settlement of Palestinian issue

Updated 24 November 2020

Pakistan says no possibility of recognizing Israel before just settlement of Palestinian issue

  • Prime Minister Imran Khan recently admitted that his administration was under pressure to recognize Israel
  • Pakistan's foreign office says the country supports Palestinian right to self-determination

ISLAMABAD: The foreign office of Pakistan on Tuesday "categorically rejected" speculation regarding any possibility of recognizing Israel by Pakistan, saying it believed that Palestinians should get the right to self-determination.
Referring to Prime Minister Imran Khan's recent statement on the subject, the foreign ministry spokesperson said that Pakistan was not willing to recognize the Jewish state until a just settlement of the Palestine issue -- that satisfied the Palestinian people -- was found.
"Pakistan steadfastly supports the Palestinian people's inalienable right to self-determination," said an official statement circulated in Islamabad. "For just and lasting peace, it is imperative to have a two-state solution in accordance with the relevant United Nations and OIC resolutions, with the pre-1967 borders, and Al-Quds Al-Sharif as the capital of a viable, independent and contiguous Palestinian State."
Prime Minister Khan recently admitted that his administration was under international pressure to recognize Israel, though he refused to name the countries that had reached out to him for that purpose.
He also maintained that his government would go with the choice that the country's founding father, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, made and continue to stand by the people of Palestine.