Imran Khan, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief, appeared at the Ulema Mashaikh Conference on Wednesday and had some very strong comments to make about Muslims.
Khan, who is already facing charges of defamation from a former chief justice, decided to blame “the Muslim world for cartoon publication” that “insult the Holy Prophet” according to The Nation.
Khan is clearly referring to the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. After publishing many caricatures featuring the prophet Muhammad, many believers were upset, causing the senseless murders in France. Just yesterday, an editor in Mumbai was arrested for reprinting a caricature originally seen in an issue of Charlie Hebdo, according to Times of India.
So why exactly is Khan blaming Muslims for these cartoons? As seen on Dunya News, Khan states that Muslims “should have taken a stand against oppression long ago.”
Khan proclaimed, “We have to confront oppressors by breaking away the idols of fear.”
The leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf or PTI party, which translates to “Movement for Justice,” stated that if Muslims can’t control their fear, they will not succeed.
Imran Khan: “We couldn’t even tell France not to insult the Holy Prophet http://t.co/iINvdPRzh4
— Tufail Ahmad (@tufailelif) January 29, 2015
Khan said, “We couldn’t even tell France not to insult the Holy Prophet in the name of freedom of speech.”
Khan added that Islam is spreading throughout Europe and that the creation of this cartoons was to “provoke Muslims.”
“The conditions for the people of Pakistan and Muslims has gotten worse because of their own actions,” Khan explained to the Conference.
So what does Khan suggest changing? Khan believes, “It is the duty of the clerics to convey the right teachings of Islam to the public” and accusing some of the clerics of even being “sold off” for a price, taking the focus from religion to politics.
Khan added, “A true believer can never be bought.”
Khan’s outspoken ways have gotten him in some hot water. Khan is facing defamation charges from Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary, the former chief justice. Iftikhar Chaudhary is claiming that Khan defamed the Supreme Court with accusations of rigging the 2013 election, which Khan has always been very vocal about.
Despite his at times outrageous statements, Khan has many supporters, including his over two million Twitter followers.
Full credit to Imran Khan’s dharna that changed the politics in Pakistan. People have risen against injustice. @FaisalJavedKhan – PTI
— SIDRA | Insaf Radio (@imran_sidra) January 29, 2015
— Sadat Younis (@sadat_younis) January 26, 2015
While Imran Khan seems to be able to get people to rise up against injustice, he also asks, “What kind of Islam permits killing people…”
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