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    Pakistan’s Parliament is set to decide if the French ambassador to the country should be expelled. The government agreed to take the matter to Parliament after negotiations with a hardline Islamist group that has led violent protests across the country.

    The Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan or TLP has been demanding the expulsion of the French Ambassador since late last year, when French President Emmanuel Macron defended the re-publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

    The government of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan banned the TLP under an anti-terrorism law last week and arrested its leader. But that only inflamed protests further.

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