France advises citizens to leave Pakistan temporarily

A general view shows a blocked metro bus tracks during a protest by supporters of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) in Lahore on April 14, 2021, after the arrest of their leader, who has called for the expulsion of the French ambassador.
PARIS (Reuters) — France has advised that French citizens and companies should temporarily leave Pakistan due to serious threats on French interests in the country, said a diplomatic source on Thursday, after violent clashes in the country this week.اضافة اعلان

Thousands of Pakistani Islamists had clashed with police earlier this week in protest against the arrest of their leader ahead of rallies denouncing French cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad.

For Muslims, depictions of the Prophet are blasphemous.

The diplomatic source added on Thursday that a message had been sent overnight to French citizens and companies following a threat by a Islamist group to target French interests.