Published: Sun, September 02, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

TLP begins long march to the capital

TLP begins long march to the capital

Dutch anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders has cancelled a planned contest inviting people to submit a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad following death threats and large-scale protests in Pakistan.

About this he wrote on his page in Facebook.

In a written statement Thursday night, Wilders, an outspoken anti-Islam party leader, said he chose to "let the contest go" following death threats and concerns other people could be put at risk.

The decision to cancel the contest, which was to be held in the Dutch parliament in November, was greeted with joy in Pakistan.

PM Khan also said that after bringing all Muslims on the same page, a protest would be recorded against the handful of people who deliberately hurt the religious sentiments of the Muslims, and added that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had already started contacting his counterparts across the Muslim world in this regard.

Authorities blocked the capital's key roads by putting out shipping containers to prevent demonstrators from reaching near the area where the Dutch and other foreign embassies are located. The party wants a halt immigration, especially from Muslim countries.

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The rally, led by Peer Muhammad Afzal Qadri and Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi, had set out for Islamabad from Lahore a day earlier.

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TLP issued an elaborate plan for the protest, with Rizvi expected to address supporters at different stopovers.

PVV leader Geert Wilders chose to cancel a featuring Islamic religious figure prophet Mohammed, due to threats made against him, he said on Twitter.

Wilders in June announced plans to stage a cartoon competition in parliament later this year to draw the Prophet Mohammed.

Prime minister Mark Rutte last week questioned Wilders' motives.

The scheduled contest sparked angry protests in Pakistan and a death threat this week from a 26-year-old man, reportedly a Pakistani, who was arrested on Tuesday in The Hague.

He added: "We can be martyred or arrested, but will not return until either the cartoon contest is stopped or the Dutch envoy is expelled". "His aim is to be provocative".

The anger sparked by Wilders' plans in Pakistan had prompted the Netherlands to caution citizens about travelling there and to postpone a planned trade mission to the South Asian country.

Rutte last week said he supported free speech in the Netherlands but believed the competition was "not respectful" and aimed only to provoke.

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