Anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders’ plan to hold a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest has sparked protests in Pakistan. It comes after a man was arrested in Belgium for threatening to attack Wilders over the competition.Thousands of Pakistanis on Wednesday protested far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders’ plans to hold a Prophet Muhammad cartoon competition.
Some 10,000 protesters participated in the march, chanting “we will die to protect the honor of the Prophet,” and holding a large banner that said they were holding a “peaceful protest.”
The demonstration was organized by Islamist groups that made surprising advances in the July elections, and came one day after Dutch police arrested a 26-year-old man suspected of threatening to attack Wilders over the contest.
Images of Prophet Muhammad are traditionally forbidden in Islam as idolatrous, and caricatures are regarded by many Muslims as highly offensive.
Wilders is an outspoken critic of Islam, and has made controversial comments regarding the Prophet Mohammed in the past, including announcing plans to show cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad on Dutch television.