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Geert Wilders Continues With Prophet Mohammed Drawing Competition

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The Prophet Mohammed Drawing Competition in the Netherlands is drawing a lot of criticism, especially from Pakistan. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi communicated to his Dutch counterpart that Prophet Mohammed Drawing Competition in the Netherlands “must be prevented” as it spreads hate and intolerance.

Qureshi communicated this to Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok in a phone call on Tuesday, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson on Wednesday. Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders, who is the leader of far-right Party of Freedom (PVV), earlier declared that he would hold a Prophet Mohammed Drawing Competition at his party’s parliamentary offices.

The PVV, which has previously called for banning the Holy Quran, said the contest had been approved by the country’s counter-terrorism agency. In the past, Wilders has also called for mosques and Islamic schools to be shut down and for a blanket ban on Muslim immigrants.

Qureshi said that this is a deliberate attempt under the pretext of freedom of expression and such acts must be prevented as they spread hate and intolerance in societies.” The Dutch foreign minister said it was an individual’s act and his country’s government was neither associated nor supporting the competition. The two foreign ministers agreed to work together and coordinate in the matter.

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