Dutch Lawmaker Cancels Muhammad Cartoon Contest Amid Pakistan Protests

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.Wilders, who had received death threats over his plans, said late on August 30 that he decided to cancel the event to “avoid making people victims of Islamist violence.""People's safety is more important," Wilders, 54, wrote on Facebook.Physical depictions of Allah or the prophet, even positive ones, are considered blasphemous under Islam and are forbidden. In Pakistan, such blasphemy is punishable by death and the mere accusation of it can cause lynchings.

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