Geert Wilders cancels Prophet Muhammad cartoon competition

Geert Wilders cancels Prophet Muhammad cartoon competition

Geert Wilders cancels Prophet Muhammad cartoon competition

Geert Wilders, a member of the Dutch Party of Freedom, the second-largest political party in the Netherlands, announced his decision Thursday in a written statement.

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.

Police on Tuesday arrested the man at one of The Hague's main railway stations after he posted a film on Facebook saying he planned an attack on Wilders or the Dutch parliament.

"It's not just about me", Wilders said, suggesting Islamist fanatics "see not only me, but the entire state of the Netherlands as a target".

A Pakistani man who was arrested in Holland allegedly on his way to kill an anti-Islam politician had visited an anti-Israel protest in Amsterdam shortly before heading out to the Dutch parliament.

He confirmed that the government's representatives had held several negotiations with TLP's leadership but "no concrete development has taken place so far".

Prosecutors said in a statement Thursday that an investigating judge ordered the suspect held while he is investigated on charges of making a terrorist threat, making preparations for a terrorist murder and incitement.

Thousands of Pakistan's hard-line Islamists dispersed peacefully after ending their protest march near Islamabad on Friday following the cancellation of a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest sponsored by an anti-Muslim Dutch lawmaker. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government is set to seal off the high-security zone in Islamabad where containers have been positioned alongside the roads.

The premier said that people living in the West don't understand the feelings and religious sentiments of Muslims, "because we have never tried to explain to them how we value our religion". An Islamic party had organised demonstrations in Lahore and Islamabad. "His aim is to be provocative", Rutte said. The news stirred anger and grief among Muslims throughout the world as the physical depiction of Prophet Muhammad is considered offensive and insulting to the followers of Islam.

"This contest is not an initiative by the government", Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said last week.

In a video message, the premier said that he would move the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) in an effort to raise the issue of blasphemous caricatures in the United Nations (UN).

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