Exercise freedom of expression responsibly, FM Qureshi tells Dutch counterpart

Published: September 24, 2018
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FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi meets his Dutch counterpart Stef Bloc on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly on Monday. SCREENGRAB

FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi meets his Dutch counterpart Stef Bloc on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly on Monday. SCREENGRAB

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that the right of freedom of expression must be exercised responsibly in a meeting with his Dutch counterpart Stef Bloc on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly on Monday.

Qureshi, who is in in New York to represent Islamabad in the 73rd UNGA session, appreciated the timely steps taken by the two governments to cancel the blasphemous caricature contest in the Netherlands last month, said an official statement.

Pakistani delegation at UNGA session. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders had canceled the controversial blasphemous caricatures contest after being at the receiving end of death threats.

Anti-Islam Dutch lawmaker says no more blasphemous caricatures, for now

Prime Minister Imran Khan had earlier said that the cartoon competition was hurting the religious sensibilities of the Muslim diaspora and vowed that the government would leave no stone unturned in raising the matter at international forums.

Foreign Minister Qureshi had termed the cancellation of the contest a “great moral victory for the Muslim Ummah”.

In today’s meeting, FM Qureshi also stressed upon promoting economic cooperation, trade and investment between the two countries.

During his stay in the United States, he will also meet foreign ministers from various countries.

A second meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is also scheduled for October 2. The high-level huddle with the US diplomat is one of the top agendas of Qureshi’s week-long visit to the US which is aimed at following up on the progress made in the former’s visit to Islamabad earlier.

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