NEW DELHI: Amid an intense backlash for the alleged Islamophobia of countries like Turkey and Pakistan, India on Wednesday condemned the gruesome murder of a French teacher and the personal attacks in unacceptable language against the president Emmanuel Macron.
“We strongly deplore the personal attacks in unacceptable language against President Emmanuel Macron in violation of the most basic standards of international discourse,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
Offering condolences to the professor’s family and to the French people, the MEA said: “We also condemn the brutal terrorist attack which claimed the life of a French professor in a horrific way that shocked the world. ”
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There is no justification for terrorism for any reason or under any circumstances, he added.
The ministry’s statement comes days after Samuel Paty, a teacher, was beheaded by an 18-year-old on the outskirts of Paris after showing cartoons depicting the prophet during a class.
Paty was posthumously awarded France’s highest honor, the Legion of Honor, and was commemorated during the national ceremony at the Sorbonne University in Paris.
While this prompted the French president to take tough action against terrorist activity in the country, Turkey and Pakistan continued to attack Macron’s decisions.
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Previously, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said by CNN: “What is Macron’s problem with Islam? What’s his problem with Muslims? ”
“Macron needs some sort of mental treatment. What else is there to say about a head of state who does not believe in freedom of religion and behaves this way against the millions of people of different faiths living in his own country? ” he added.
Meanwhile, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan had criticized Macron and said he “chose to deliberately provoke Muslims.”
Speaking to Twitter, Khan said: “The mark of a leader is that he unites human beings, as Mandela did, rather than dividing them. This is a time when President Macron could have brought a touch of healing and denied space to extremists rather than creating a polarization and marginalization that inevitably leads to radicalization. ”
“By attacking Islam, obviously without having any understanding of it, President Macron has attacked and hurt the feelings of millions of Muslims in Europe and around the world. ”
“The last thing the world wants or needs is additional polarization. Public statements based on ignorance will create more hatred, Islamophobia and space for extremists, ”he said in the following tweet.