Afghan president raps Charlie Hebdo over insulting cartoon

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

The Afghan president has added his voice to the condemnation of French magazine Charlie Hebdo for printing yet another insulting cartoon of Islam’s holy Prophet Muhammad.

Ashraf Ghani on Saturday rapped the blasphemous move as “an insult to the sacred religion of Islam and the Muslim world.”

He further described the magazine’s decision to publish the cartoon as “irresponsible.”

Ghani also condemned the January 7 attack on the magazine’s headquarters in the French capital Paris, in which 12 people were killed.

The satirical magazine’s new cover has angered millions of Muslims around the world and sparked mass demonstrations in many Islamic countries.

The French weekly has repeatedly provoked Muslim anger by publishing such offensive cartoons.

Some five million copies of the new edition of the satirical magazine were sold this week in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack.

An al-Qaeda branch in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack on Charlie Hebdo. The group said it chose and supported Said and Cherif Kouachi, the two brothers who allegedly carried out the deadly assault.


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