Shireen Mazari Pakistan’s Human Rights Minister tweeted an article on Saturday that claimed that the French government was going to issue identification numbers for Muslim children under a new bill.
She also blamed President Emmanuel Macron for treating Muslims like what Nazis did with Jews in the Second World War.
The online article has been corrected now, stating that the ID numbers will not just be for Muslim children, as it had previously reported, but for all children. She also faced backlash on social media especially from French administration against her statement which the administration termed as an insult.
The statement issued by the French ministry of foreign affairs.
Although a day later on Sunday, she issued a clarification admitting that the article was incorrect and she had deleted the tweet. She shared the screenshot of the message from the ambassador of France. “The French Envoy to Pak sent me the following message and as the article I had cited has been corrected by the relevant publication, I have also deleted my tweet on the same,” tweeted Mazari.
The screenshot shared by HR minster.
The relationships between Pakistan and France are currently in a difficult phase after the blasphemous sketches of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has been published by a French magazine-Charlie Hebdo. The French president also sparked protests across the Muslim world by saying France would never renounce its laws permitting blasphemous caricatures as a reaction to the murder of Samuel Patty who was beheaded by an 18-year-old man of Chechen origin for showing the blasphemous cartoons in a class.