Life of Dutch envoy in Pakistan at serious risk, says Pakistani government

Published By ITCT News Desk On : November 6, 2018
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Pakistan: The life of Dutch Ambassador to Pakistan Ardi Stoios-Braken is at serious risk amid the worsening law and order situation in the country, especially due to the agitation movement launched by the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) after the Supreme Court acquitted Aasia Bibi in the blasphemy case.

According to a notification issued by Pakistan’s Ministry of Interior, there are reports that zealots, with alleged links to the Labbaik, have planned to stage an attack on the Dutch envoy in a bid “to seek revenge for uploading of blasphemous caricatures by Greet Wilders, Dutch parliamentarian, on his personal Twitter account.”

Notification issued by Pakistani government

 

A complete security survey has been directed by the government to avoid any unfortunate incident. Moreover, the security agencies have been tasked to complete fencing of the Diplomatic Enclave in the vicinity of the Dutch Embassy, the notification said while citing it as a top priority.

In October, Pakistan’s Foreign Office had lodged a strong protest with the Dutch ambassador over tweets critical of Islam made by Wilders.

 

UPDATE  (7th November 2018): 

The Netherlands said on Tuesday that its ambassador to Pakistan has faced “threats”, reportedly from people angry over blasphemous tweets by the far-right politician Geert Wilders, Express Tribune reported today.

“We are dealing with threats to the ambassador’s address,” a Dutch foreign ministry spokesman told AFP.

“We take the security of the embassy very seriously, and that is also the subject of consultations between the Netherlands and Pakistan. For security reasons, I cannot make any further comment.”

The Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) party denied making any threats.

“Attacking somebody is not a policy of Tehreek-e-Labbaik. We are a peaceful movement,” TLP spokesman Pir Ijaz Ashrafi told AFP.

However, he said the group “demand the Dutch government expel Wilders from their parliament and if they don’t do so, the government of Pakistan should dismiss the Dutch ambassador from Pakistan”.

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