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Pakistan lodges strong protest with Netherlands over blasphemous caricatures competition

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Office on Monday summoned the Charge D’Affaires of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to lodge a strong protest over the announcement by the leader of the Dutch Freedom Party and Parliamentarian Geert Wilders to hold a competition of blasphemous caricatures.

“Deep concern was conveyed at this deliberate and malicious attempt to defame Islam,” said a statement issued by the Foreign Office in Islamabad.

Earlier in its meeting held at PM House in Islamabad with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the Chair, the Federal Cabinet also strongly condemned this abominable and reprehensible plan.

The statement said that the Ambassador of Pakistan in The Hague has been instructed to forcefully raise the issue with the Dutch government along with Ambassadors of OIC member states. Pakistan’s Permanent Representatives to the United Nations in New York and Geneva have also been directed to take up the matter with the UN Secretary General, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and other UN related bodies and procedures.

The former Foreign Minister had written to the OIC Secretary General also seeking his leadership in this matter, who in turn has written to the Dutch Foreign Minister on behalf of the OIC, protesting against this abominable event.

The matter would also be discussed in the forthcoming meeting of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, scheduled to be held on the sidelines of the 73rd Session of United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2018.

The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will lead the Pakistan delegation to this meeting and raise the issue of blasphemous caricatures.

The government of Pakistan would continue to vigorously pursue the matter with the Dutch government and raise it at the relevant international fora from preventing this abhorrent act taking place, the statement added.

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