Pakistan raises blasphemous content issue with Netherlands
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi has raised the issue of blasphemous content with his Dutch counterpart Stef Blok.
In a telephonic conversation today, Shah Mehmood Qureshi underscored that the abominable act of the Dutch Parliamentarian is provoking and it hurt the sentiments of Muslims across the world.
The Pakistani Foreign Minister said such acts spread hatred and intolerance.
Speaking to the journalists, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Pakistan has written letters to six countries of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to develop a unified stance of the Muslim world on the blasphemous cartoon competition in the Netherlands.
The foreign minister said a letter has also been sent to the OIC Secretary General for convening an emergency meeting of the Committee of the OIC Representatives on the issue.
He also said that the government has also raised this matter with the UN General Secretary, Human Rights Council of the United Nations, the European Union, and other relevant forums.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the issue will also be taken up at the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers to be held on the sidelines of upcoming UN General Assembly session. He said he, as a democrat, believes in freedom of expression, but this freedom should also have limits, which should not be crossed.
The minister said he called the Foreign Minister of the Netherlands and conveyed the sentiments of Pakistan government and people over the matter.
He said the Dutch Foreign Minister assured him that his government has nothing to do with the competition and it was a matter of an individual. Pakistan, Turkey agreed to raise issue under OIC’s banner Pakistan and Turkey have agreed to raise the issue of blasphemous cartoon competition with the Dutch government with one voice under OIC’s banner.
The agreement to this effect was reached during a telephonic conversation between Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Quershi and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pak-Turkey relations have transformed into a mutually beneficial strategic partnership. Mevlut Cavusoglu expressed strong desire to strengthen the existing close and friendly relations between the two countries.