TLP’s rally against blas­phe­mous car­i­ca­tures on its way to Is­lam­abad

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Tehreek-i-Lab­baik Pak­istan (TLP) on Wed­nes­day started its march from La­hore to Is­lam­abad — a form of protest against Dutch Free­dom Party leader Geert Wilders’ an­nounce­ment to hold a com­pe­ti­tion of blas­phe­mous car­i­ca­tures — as its de­mand for the ex­pul­sion of the Nether­lands’ am­bas­sador to Pak­istan from the coun­try re­mained un­ful­filled. Af­ter the party’s sup­port­ers gath­ered at Data Dar­bar, the TLP rally kicked off its jour­ney recit­ing na`at and chant­ing re­li­gious slo­gans. The group has crossed Kala Shah Kaku on the G T Road and is clos­ing in on Gu­jran­wala.Upon its ar­rival in Kamoke — some 25km from Gu­jran­wala — the Khadim Hus­sain Rizvi-led rally was given a wel­come by its sup­port­ers. Fol­low­ing the rally’s de­par­ture for Is­lam­abad, Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan formed a fourmem­ber com­mit­tee to re­solve the mat­ter. For­eign Min­is­ter Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Re­li­gious Af­fairs Noorul Haq, the Pun­jab Law Min­is­ter Raja and In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter Fawad Chaudhry com­prise the com­mit­tee, which is sched­uled to meet the TLP lead­ers to­mor­row. “The com­mit­tee will brief the TLP lead­ers on mea­sures against blas­phe­mous car­i­ca­tures,” said Qadri.“The emo­tions of all Mus­lims against blas­phe­mous car­i­ca­tures is the same,” Chaudhry, the in­for­ma­tion min­is­ter added. “A joint front is im­per­a­tive against blas­phemy.”He added: “We are try­ing to de­vise a joint strat­egy so that this is­sue can be dealt with ef­fec­tively. We de­sire a peace­ful res­o­lu­tion of this mat­ter by the way of ne­go­ti­a­tions.” The re­li­giopo­lit­i­cal party, mean­while, has an­nounced that its work­ers would “stay on the streets un­til ei­ther the pub­li­ca­tion of blas­phe­mous car­toons in the Nether­lands is stopped or the govt im­me­di­ately ends diplo­matic ties with the Dutch”.The blas­phe­mous car­toon con­test, sched­uled for Novem­ber, is be­ing or­gan­ised in the Nether­lands by Wilders — a right-wing anti-Is­lam law­maker who has been widely crit­i­cised for his ac­tiv­i­ties. Dutch Prime Min­is­ter Mark Rutte has dis­tanced his gov­ern­ment from the con­tro­ver­sial con­test, clar­i­fy­ing that: “Wilders is not a mem­ber of the [Dutch] gov­ern­ment. The com­pe­ti­tion is not a gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive.” FM Qureshi dis­cusses is­sue of `blas­phe­mous car­i­ca­tures’ with Dutch coun­ter­part In a tweet on Wed­nes­day, For­eign Of­fice Spokesper­son Dr Mo­ham­mad Faisal said that FM Qureshi spoke with his Dutch coun­ter­part to dis­cuss the is­sue of “blas­phe­mous car­i­ca­tures”. “The FM ex­pressed con­cern on the an­nounce­ment of [the] abom­inable and sac­ri­le­gious com­pe­ti­tion by Geert Wilders,” read the tweet, adding that the Dutch FM made it clear that his gov­ern­ment was nei­ther as­so­ci­ated nor sup­port­ing the event.

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