Pakistan is finally getting to know its real place in the world as France leads Europe to Boycott Pakistan. Pakistan will now feel the heat.
Pakistan’s parliament on Monday 26-October passed a resolution urging the government to recall its envoy from Paris over the publication of images of the Prophet Mohammad in France, accusing President Emmanuel Macron of “hate-mongering” against Muslims. The resolution also urged the government of Pakistan to ask other Muslim countries to boycott French products. Pakistan later realised that Pakistan hadn’t had an ambassador in Paris for three months.
On Sunday 25-October 2020, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan took aim at Macron, saying he had attacked Islam by encouraging the display of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.
Imran Khan followed up on his sharp criticism with an open letter to leaders of Muslim-majority countries that asked them to unite against “growing Islamophobia in non-Muslim states”.
Pakistani Social media roused by the ranting of Prime Minister of the FATF grey listed, failed nation Pakistan, went to the extent of calling for Nuclear attack by Pakistan on France. They trended the hashtag #DoAtomicAttackOnFrance.
Some radical Islamists in Pakistan went to the extent of declaring prize money on beheading French President Emmanuel Macron. Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan, a hard-line Islamist group, which held a sit-in in Islamabad over republishing the caricatures in France, last week revealed that the government had agreed to boycott French goods. The group had made public an agreement with signatures of the federal minister for religious affairs and the interior minister agreeing to the boycott.
France didn’t take these Pakistani threats lightly. Now France has refused to help Pakistan upgrade its fleet of Mirage fighter jets, air defence system and Agosta 90B class submarines, a direct fallout of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s loud criticism of French President Emmanuel Macron’s defence of the right to mock religion following the murder of a French schoolteacher.
France has also told Qatar, one of the countries that bought the Rafale fighters, not to allow Pakistan-origin technicians to work with the plane over concerns that they could leak technical information about the fighter to Islamabad as the omni-role jet is the front-line fighter of India. Pakistan is known to share vital defence data with China in the past.
Paris has already started putting the asylum requests from Pakistanis under detailed scrutiny in view of the strained ties between the two countries and the stabbing incident outside the former Paris office of the controversial Charlie Hebdo magazine. In September, Ali Hassan, an 18-year-old of Pakistani origin, stabbed two persons with a meat cleaver outside the magazine’s previous office, unaware that the magazine had shifted out. His father, who lives in Pakistan, later told a local news channel that his son had “done a great job” and he is “very happy” about the attack.
Indian foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla was told about the French government’s decisions when he visited Paris on 29 October after New Delhi criticised the personal attacks on President Macron. France also reassured Indian foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla that it is very sensitive to security concerns of its strategic ally and had issued directions about keeping Pakistan-origin technicians away from Rafale fighter jet under the export control regime in light of India’s security concerns that has inducted Rafale fighters in the Indian Air Force.
The French government’s decision not to upgrade the Mirage III and Mirage 5 fighter jets could severely impact the Pakistan Air Force which has had about 150 Mirage fighter jets manufactured by the French firm Dassault Aviation. Only half of them, however, are serviceable.
Pakistan had been buying Mirage jets for decades, some of them discarded by other countries, according to a 2018 AFP report, and has a facility outside Islamabad to refurbish the ageing fighter jets to keep them flying.
As per the reports, Pakistan had recently requested France for upgrades to keep the fighter jets in the air. “The request has been declined.”
A similar request for upgrading the French-Italian air defence system has also been denied.
A third request from Pakistan to upgrade its Agosta 90B class submarines with air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems that would allow them to stay underwater for longer has also been rejected by France.
Pakistan has three Agosta 90B submarines: Khalid, Saad and Hamza.
The French government’s decisions came soon after PM Khan, along with close ally Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, led the charge against President Macron after his statement on the beheading of a teacher near the school where he had shown his pupils caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad, considered blasphemous by Muslims.
In August 2020, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel had earlier turned down a similar request for supply of the AIP systems to upgrade submarines in Pakistan’s inventory due to its role in promoting terror, particularly Islamabad’s failure to cooperate in identifying the perpetrators of the truck bomb attack on the Germany Embassy in Kabul in May 2017. Haqqani Network was thought to be against the attack. Haqqani Network has a presence in Pakistan.
Earlier Germany and now French snub to Pakistan would “adversely impact” lethality of Pakistani submarines.
In June 2020, German state government slammed Pakistan on its Nuclear proliferation record. According to a report by the southwest German state of Baden-Württemberg, Pakistan continues to engage in the proliferation of nuclear weapons of mass destruction and is trying to obtain know-how through illegal procurement from the country.
The report highlighted that in order to circumvent existing export restrictions and embargoes, the countries mentioned in the report have developed new procurement methods. Under these methods, they can procure goods in Germany and Europe with the help of “cover companies” and transport dual-use goods.
Potential proliferation sources of know-how, according to the report include universities, non-university research institutions and research and training departments of companies.
European Parliament Member, Dominique Bilde has declared that Pakistan is a crucial player regarding ‘serious security threats’ through the sale of European Union passports as well as visas to persons which are included in criminal activities.
Her statement came during a session, on Thursday 23-October 2020, in which she stressed that she considers Pakistan as the leaders of fake passports and fake documents.
“Should we be surprised about the Cypriot golden visas because the false accusation of passports or residence is only of use for nefarious means?. We have seen, Pakistan is the leader in fake passports and fake documents. They have received over 4 billion euros in aid since 2014. We deplore the impacts. We are supporting certain states and those who are supporting Islamist terrorism,” Bilde pointed out.
Other members of the European Parliament such as, Fulvio Martusciello, Ryszard Czarnecki and Gianna Garcia expressed their shared concerns in this regard in a letter that was later sent to the French government and the European Union, in order to impose sanctions against unabated terrorist activities in Pakistan.
The joint letter was sent to France President Emmanuel Macron, the European Council President Charles Michel, as well as the European Commission President Ursula Von de Leyen.
“This October 22, we call on the French government and the European Union to introduce sanctions against the unabated terrorist activities emanating from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. France, Europe, and the world, cannot afford the murder of any additional innocent victims nor should it live in fear from the threats of terrorism,” the letter reads.
In the letter, it was also highlighted by the Parliament members that since August 14, 1947, when it was created, West Pakistan, which is also known as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan “has incited untold horrors of the world.”
Through the Golden Visa Scheme, internationals buy Citizenship in European countries that run such a scheme, providing that they invest in the country.
According to the CEO of Lalani and Associates, Sikander Lalani, nearly 200 Pakistani families are availing this kind of possibility each year.
Arton Capital, a global citizenship financial advisory service company, points out that in 2014, Pakistan was among the three countries that accounted for 40 per cent of the total number of applications.
Figures revealed by Statista, a German company specializing in market and consumer data, show that in 2016 there were more than 20,600 Pakistani immigrants living in France. In contrast, the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis previously announced that there were estimated more than 104,000 citizens of Pakistan living in France in 2017. European countries are urged to stop giving Golden VISAs to Pakistanis.
UK is infested with Pakistani Muslim Grooming Gangs who rape 8-12 years of their daughters is still accused of Racism despite the fact that the maximum number of convicts are Pakistanis. Subsequent governments in the past under the strong Pakistani Lobby lead by former Lord Ahmed Nazir had inturn rewarded Pakistan with economic aid and free trade. However recently UK has decided to step up its defence preparedness and send its Naval Fleed including its Aircraft Carrier to Indian Ocean. Without naming Pakistan, UK declared that it will cut economic aid to certain countries.
Points to Ponder
Europe can prevent more Pakistanis to enter Europe. But how will Europe prevent Pakistanis illegally entering Europe via Turkey?
What about the Pakistanis who are already inside Europe? Most of the Pakistanis hold dual citizenship. Will Europen nations cancel the citizenship of Pakistanis with dual citienship and deport them to Pakistan?
What about the Pakistanis working in Media Houses in Europe that run Pakistani propaganda day and night? Will Europe deport those Pakistani orgin journalists?
What happens to those Pakistanis that have managed to enter European universities, non-university research institutions and research and training departments of companies? Will they be deported?
What happens to those Pakistanis that have entered Europe on the basis of Fake medical, engineering and other educational degrees from Pakistani universities? Will their VISAs be cancelled and deported? Saudi Arabia already deported thousands of Pakistanis and Middle-East countries have cancelled licenses of Pakistani Pilots. Will Europe also dismiss all Pakistanis and deport them?
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