G Eert Wilders, right-wing Dutch politician, has canceled a cartoon painting contest of the Prophet Muhammad following alleged death threats and large-scale protests in Pakistan.
The decision to cancel the contest was to be held in the Dutch Parliament in November, and was greeted with joy in Pakistan. An Islamic party had organized demonstrations in Lahore and Islamabad. On Wednesday, around 10,000 supporters of the Teherek-i-Labaik party in Pakistan demanded the expulsion of the Dutch ambassador and the abolition of diplomatic relations with the Netherlands.
The drawing of the Prophet Muhammad is viewed as blasphemous in parts of the Islamic world and is deeply offensive to some Muslims.
Mr. Wilders, the leader of the Party of Freedom Fire Party, has been living around the clock for years under his protection for his anti-Islamic rhetoric. A 26-year-old man, reportedly from Pakistan, was arrested in The Hague this week after alleging a death threat to Mr. Wilders.
"In order to avoid the risk of victims of Islamic violence, I have decided not to let cartoon competition continue," he said.