Pakistan rally ends after Dutch lawmaker cancels cartoon contest

Qureshi complains to Netherlands over Wilders Prophet Mohammed cartoon plans

Dutch far-right lawmaker Geert Wilders has cancelled a planned contest calling for cartoon caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad amid mass protests against the event in Pakistan.

The protesters are scheduled to march from the eastern city of Lahore to the capital Islamabad.

Rizvi had planned to stage a sit-in to force Pakistan to sever diplomatic ties with the Netherlands over the contest. 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.

A Dutch lawmaker, who was planning to hold a caricature contest of Islam's prophet, has backed away from his plans amid fears of violence.

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If things go that far, it's expected to set up a legal challenge by the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission (FCC ). The federal government could sue the state of California over the law, leading to an eventual showdown in the Supreme Court.

Wilders had planned to hold the contest in his party's offices in the parliament building.

Ashrafi said that thousands of participants would peacefully register their protest and ask the government to meet their "genuine demand" as quickly as possible to avoid any disruption of public life.

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has spoken with his Dutch counterpart about the "abominable and sacrilegious competition" this week, according a statement released by the ministry.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said: "They don't understand how much they hurt us when they do such acts".

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Wilders announced the contest in June and claimed to had received 200 entries so far. 'Others are also at risk because of the threats made by extreme Muslims who see not just me but all of the Netherlands as a target'.

The foreign minister added the government had also conveyed its sentiments to the Dutch government, which went to great lengths to distance itself from the contest arranged by Wilders.

Officials from the Punjab provincial government met with Labbaik leaders in Lahore in a vain attempt to persuade them to call off their protest.

"The blasphemous cartoon contest is cancelled and this is our moral victory", Qureshi said at a press conference after talks with TLP.

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Authorities have conducted a door-to-door search of local homes and businesses and circulated images of the woman on social media. The grainy video, captured around 3:20 a.m. on Friday, shows a woman walking up to a house and ringing the doorbell.

With the rally approaching the federal capital, Islamabad's district administration began bringing in shipping containers to secure the Red Zone - a place that houses the most important state installations, such as the Parliament House, Supreme Court, and diplomatic enclave - and other sensitive locations.

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