Recently, a far-right politician in the Netherlands has organized an official contest, extremely offensive to Muslims.
Geert Wilders has said the Dutch Counter-Terrorism Agency has given them permission to officially hold a contest where people will draw cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
The contest will be held in the party’s parliamentary offices and the winner will receive a big cash prize. The contest was announced more than a month ago. Geert Wilder’s is a member of parliament who is infamously against Muslims and has even called for a blanket ban on Muslims immigrants in the Netherlands.
What Geert refers to as ‘freedom of speech’ is something which is incredibly insensitive to Muslims around and world and people in Pakistan are especially upset.
— ملک محمد اسد (@SaysAsad) August 17, 2018
International community would have lost its mind if a Muslim or Eastern country tried to target any faith using "Freedom to Speech" or "Freedom to Expression" to hail a character hated by West, for example Adolf Hitler or Joseph Stalin. Where is the #UN now?#CeaseDutchEmbassy
— Mian Ramish Masood (@alphaMRM) August 17, 2018
I am amazed, why this so called “freedom of speech” is only about degrading a religion? Why it’s only against Muslims? Why it’s only to degrade our beloved prophet Muhammad SAW? #CeaseDutchEmbassy
— Sair bhatti (@Sairkhan99) August 17, 2018
Tehreek-e-Labaik is largely being credited for raising concern over this issue and the party’s leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi has been openly talking about it, condemning the Dutch government and asking Pakistani politicians to address the issue.
— Qurtuba (@Qurtubiii) August 16, 2018
One of Tehreek-e-Labaik’s member addressed the Sindh assembly asking Syed Murad Ali Shah and other politicians to take action and condemn the event.
People are using the hashtag, ‘#CeaseDutchEmbassy’ to get the government to focus on the issue. People are asking for the government to send the Dutch ambassadors back to the Netherlands and to close the embassy.
Throw out Ductch ambassador out of my PAK Watan
Cut off all terms from his country
Nothing is more important than the Respect of our beloved NABI PAK SALLALLAHO ALAIYHEWASALAM
— Noor_e_Emaan (@NoorEemann) August 17, 2018
— Bharay Gull (@gull_bharay) August 17, 2018
Ban them & ban them till they apologize. #CeaseDutchEmbassy
— SK🥀 (@iammskofficial) August 17, 2018
— Azeem ʀɭzvı (@Zem3284) August 16, 2018
A lot of people including Khadim Hussain Rizvi are questioning why Imran Khan has not addressed the issue yet.
Where is slave Imran___?
Busy To Playing for PM___?
— Azeem ʀɭzvı (@Zem3284) August 17, 2018
I hope @ImranKhanPTI is well educated and can be convinced to international community to make a law that no one has right to speak against religion and Prophet Muhammad PBUH .@PTIofficial #CeaseDutchEmbassy
— AsimMajeedteach (@majeedteach) August 16, 2018
waiting for imran khan's opinion#CeaseDutchEmbassy
— Problem (@razaattari47) August 17, 2018
— Rebellion (@Talhakazmi) August 17, 2018
People are now waiting for the government to officially take action against the Dutch embassy or at least release a statement.
What are your thoughts about this contest? Let us know in the comments!
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