Pakistan steps up security at European embassies over anti-Quran
PAKISTAN: Pakistan has stepped up security at diplomatic
missions of the Netherlands and other European nations ahead of the
planned release of a controversial film on the Quran by a right-wing
Dutch lawmaker, an official said.
Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party, is making a 10-minute
film portraying the Islamic holy text as a "fascist book" that incites
violence and intolerance of women and homosexuals. He says it will be
finished in February and shown on Dutch television and on the Internet
Fearing a backlash by Pakistani Muslims, Pakistan's Interior Ministry
recently held a special meeting in Islamabad focusing on the security of
European interests in the country.
"We have intensified security of all the diplomatic missions,
especially the Dutch (Embassy)," Arif Ahmed Khan, the top security
official in southern Sindh province, told The Associated Press on
Security has also been beefed up for Dutch business interests,
including ABN-Amro Bank, Philips and Makro stores, he said.
In 2006, Pakistan witnessed some of the most violent protests in the
Islamic world against the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad published by
Danish and other European newspapers.
Tens of thousands of people, spurred on by hard-line groups, staged
demonstrations, triggering clashes with police that killed five
Karachi, Friday, AP