ISLAMABAD – The Pakistani Senate condemned the extreme right’s intention in the Netherlands to organize a caricature competition on the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
On Tuesday, the Senate held its first meeting after last July’s general election and was attended by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The Pakistani Senate unanimously approved a statement condemning the caricature contest, which is centered on the figure of the Prophet Muhammad , which will open at the end of next year, and is organized by Dutch extreme right leader Geert Wilders.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said in a speech during the meeting that his country would put the issue on the agenda of the UN meeting in September.
He added that very few Western countries understand the sensitivity of Muslims in such issues, stressing that this is a common failure of the Muslim world.
In a related context, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry issued a statement in which it protested the organization of a caricature contest about the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will put the issue on the agenda of the OIC foreign ministers’ summit, and the Permanent Representative of Pakistan in New York and Geneva will present the subject to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
It is noteworthy that the leader of the party "liberties” Dutch extremist Geert Wilders announced in June that the party will organize a cartoon contest on the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Wilders said applications for the competition would expire on August 31, noting that more than 200 painters have submitted to the competition.
The laws in Pakistan prohibit the drawing of a picture of the Prophet Muhammad , peace be upon him, and the death sentence is the punishment of anyone who harassed the personality of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in Pakistan.