Pakistan complains to Netherlands over Wilders anti-Islam cartoon plans

Pakistan complains to Netherlands over Wilders anti-Islam cartoon plans
In this Aug. 17, 2018 file photo, Pakistani protesters shout slogans to condemn a cartoon contest planned by Geert Wilders, a Dutch parliamentarian, as police stop them from proceeding to a diplomatic enclave in Islamabad, Pakistan. On Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, Pakistan's senate passed a resolution condemning an anti-Islam cartoon contest planned by the far-right Dutch lawmaker, in one of the first actions taken by the assembly since last month's elections. (AP)
Updated 28 August 2018

Pakistan complains to Netherlands over Wilders anti-Islam cartoon plans

Pakistan complains to Netherlands over Wilders anti-Islam cartoon plans
  • The protesters are scheduled to march from Lahore to Islamabad
  • Pakistan's upper house of parliament on Monday condemned the contest

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's new foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi complained to his Dutch counterpart on Tuesday over a planned anti-Islam cartoon contest, saying "such acts spread hate and intolerance".
Far-right Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders has planned the contest for later in the year, and caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed are to be exhibited.
A Pakistani foreign office statement said Qureshi said the planned event would hurt the feelings of Muslims around the world.
Qureshi said later he planned to take up the issue with several world leaders. "We have raised this issue at several levels," he said. "We have contacted the United Nations. We have contacted the European Union."
Pakistan's upper house of parliament on Monday condemned the contest. Prime Minister Imran Khan said: "They don't understand how much they hurt us when they do such acts."
An extremist Islamist party Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan is organising a protest march against the contest on Wednesday.
The protesters are scheduled to march from the eastern city of Lahore to the capital Islamabad.
Wilders plans to display the cartoons on the walls of his political party's room in parliament. He says he's had "hundreds" of entries.
"This contest is not an initiative by the government," Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said last week.
"This contest is not something I would do."