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Threats' to Dutch envoy in Pakistan over Wilders tweets

AFP  |  The Hague 

The said Tuesday that its to has faced "threats", reportedly from Islamists angry over anti-tweets by the far-right

in August called off a planned Prophet cartoon competition that stirred anger in Pakistan, but the has since posted several such images on

"We are dealing with threats to the ambassador's address," a Dutch foreign ministry told AFP.

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

Pakistan's interior ministry last month wrote a secret memo on plans to "target" the Dutch by the hardline party (TLP), media from both countries reported.

The TLP, founded in 2015, led protests in August calling for Pakistan to sever diplomatic relations with The over the cartoon contest.

"It has been reported that elements associated with Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) are planning to target (the) Dutch .. to seek revenge for uploading of blasphemous caricatures by Wilders, Dutch parliamentarian, on his personal account," the memo said.

The Pakistani interior ministry and declined to comment. The denied making any threats.

"Attacking somebody is not a policy of Tehreek-e-Labaik. We are a peaceful movement," told AFP.

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

More recently, the has led demonstrations against a ruling saving Christian woman from death row where she had been languishing on blasphemy charges.

Bibi's lawyer, Saif-ul-Malook, fled to The Netherlands at the weekend saying there had been threats to his life -- although on Monday he said the UN and EU had made him leave Pakistan.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 21:55 IST