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Pak. Minister deletes tweet after taking jibe at Macron

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A Pakistani Minister on Sunday withdrew comments she made earlier that President Emmanuel Macron was treating Muslims like Nazis had treated Jews in Second World War.

France’s Foreign Minister had demanded Pakistan authorities withdraw the comments posted on Twitter by Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari.

She posted the remarks following a clash between Pakistan and France over the publication of images of the Prophet Mohammad by a French magazine.

The images have sparked anger and protests in the Muslim world, especially in Pakistan.

“Macron is doing to Muslims what the Nazis did to the Jews — Muslim children will get ID numbers (other children won’t) just as Jews were forced to wear the yellow star on their clothing for identification,” Ms. Mazari had said in a tweet linking to an online article.

The article was, however, amended earlier on Sunday to reflect the fact that the idea, if implemented, would be applied to all children in France and not just to Muslim children.

In a follow-up tweet on Sunday, Ms. Mazari initially doubled down on her claims following a condemnation by France’s Foreign Ministry late on Saturday, which described them as “blatant lies, imbued with an ideology of hatred and violence.”

Later on Sunday, however, Ms. Mazari tweeted: “The article I had cited has been corrected by the relevant publication, I have also deleted my tweet on the same.” She said she had been alerted to the correction by the French Ambassador to Pakistan.

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