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Imran Khan praises Putin over Prophet Mohammad remark. Some Pakistanis call it childish

Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin, during his annual news conference, had said that ‘insults to the Prophet are a violation of religious freedom.

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New Delhi: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has finally given the answer to the two most debated questions of the century. One: can insulting Prophet Mohammad be part of artistic freedom? Two: Is Russia a western country?

And his answers aren’t pleasing everybody in Pakistan.

PM Khan on Monday spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin and appreciated his statement from last month that said insulting Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) does not count as an expression of artistic freedom but is a “violation of religious freedom.”

While some called the Pakistan PM’s tweet “childish”, others questioned the need of putting out such statements.

A user said, “PM #imrankhanPTI made a phone call to thank #Putin for a statement he didn’t repeat or even remember,” hinting at the seeming inconsequentiality of the Russian President’s statement.

Another user thanked Imran Khan and said, “Great ,you kept the connection ,and he deserved a Thank from all Muslim Umma for giving highest respect to our Prophet May God Bless him.”

 

But there were also those who to took this opportunity to question the prime minister on inflation and employment situation in Pakistan.

Taking a jibe on Khan, one user said Russia is not a Western world.

 

Pakistani influencer Sameera Khan said, “Russia is not part of the “West” but great sentiment.”

 

An account by the name ‘lly’ said: “almost nobody among Russians thinks that the country is Asian”.

 

Some went on to remind the Pakistani PM of the traits of ‘state of Madina’.

 

What Putin had said

Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin, during his annual news conference had said: “Insults to the Prophet are a “violation of religious freedom and the violation of the sacred feelings of people who profess Islam.”

In a statement, PMO Pakistan Monday said, “The Prime Minister stated that he has been regularly highlighted the appalling rise in Islamophobia and associated hatred in his addresses to the UN General Assembly, pointing towards its serious ramifications.”

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