Being the Prime Minister (PM) of one of the 12 Muslim countries where blasphemy is a deathly offense, Imran Khan is seeking to impose Pakistan’s murderous blasphemous laws across the world after succumbing to the demands of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), a banned radical Islamist group.
This comes after a series of violent protests shook the country last month where hundreds of police personnel and demonstrators were injured, and thousands of activists associated with TLP were booked for attacking the administration and blocking vehicular movement across the region in retaliation against the arrest of their leader, Saad Hussain Rizvi.
The proscribed group demanded the French ambassador’s expulsion and a boycott of French goods in the country. This happened after Charlie Hebdo republished its Muhammad cartoons in September 2020. In the face of that, while Imran Khan shed light on the economic consequences of going against France, he also reassured the group that they share the same objective.
This was exemplified in an address given by him last week. According to the reports, he said, “I want the Muslim countries to devise a joint line of action over the blasphemy issue with a warning of trade boycott of countries where such incidents will happen.”. However, the Pakistan PM did not implement a trade ban considering the vast amount of aid France gives to the country and the billions worth of trade Pakistan gets from the European Union (EU).