Soon after the announcement of the cancellation of the contest, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) called off the protest it had launched against a plan for a blasphemous caricatures competition.
The protests on August 29 were organized by Tehreek-i-Labaik, an Islamist party that won an unexpectedly large number of votes in last month's general election, with some candidates campaigning on promises of punishment for crimes of blasphemy.
The contest, which was greenlighted by the Dutch counter-terrorist agency (NCTV), sparked protests across the Muslim world, as Islam strictly forbids drawings of Mohammed.
Party leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi set out from Lahore's historic centre at the head of a protest he aims to take through the towns of Punjab province to the capital Islamabad, where protesters will stage a sit-in to pressure Pakistan's new Prime Minister Imran Khan to cut diplomatic ties with the Netherlands.
"We will only stop when the government meets this demand".
The Dutch government has distanced itself from the competition, with Prime Minister Mark Rutte clarifying that Wilders, leader of the opposition Freedom Party, is not a member of the government.
Back then, Wilders explained that his intention was not to "provoke or insult" and that the event was being held "because the freedom of speech is the most important freedom we have".Читайте также: IMDbPro launches Android app for entertainment pros
Later on Thursday, the Dutch lawmaker, Geert Wilders, said he was canceling the contest, saying the anger it generated could put more people than just him at risk. He said he's had "hundreds" of entries.
The premier-in his video message released on social media sites-said West doesn't understand the notion that Muslims' perspective towards religion is quite different from theirs.
The rally came as emotions ran high in Pakistan against the cartoon contest.
Khalid Latif, another famous ex-cricketer, has even gone so far as to offer a $28,000 reward to "kill the Dutchmen" behind the contest, according to WaPo - and the Dutch Police have already arrested one 26-year-old man reported to be a Pakistani national, claiming he threatened Geert Wilders and the Dutch parliament.
Wilders has for years lived under constant security due to repeated death threats linked to his criticism of Islam.
The then governing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party (PMLN) was forced to accept the resignation of law minister Zahid Hamid, whom Labbaik held responsible for the change, after seven people were killed and almost 200 wounded in a failed attempt by police to disperse protesters.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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