Pakistan Parliament to Vote on French Ambassador Expulsion

Pakistan’s parliament will vote on the expulsion of the French ambassador, as the country faces violent anti-French protests by Islamist group Tehrik-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) on Tuesday. 

This following French President Emmanuel Macron’s defending the right of the press to publish cartoons depicting Prophet Muhammad by satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine, which some Muslims consider blasphemous. 

The government decided that it will vote on the expulsion of the French envoy as the TLP promised to “call off its protest sit-ins from the entire country,” according to Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed.

The National Assembly will now debate on the matter, but details on when they will vote are still unclear. 

The TLP said that its march will push through in capital Islamabad at midnight on Tuesday, until their demand is met. 

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan in a televised speech on Monday has asked the TLP to end its violent protests to remove the French ambassador, which he says was damaging the country. 

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