ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Tuesday sought an emergent meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to raise the issue of blasphemous caricature contest in the Netherlands.

Addressing a news conference here, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the whole nation was united against the blasphemous contest and Pakistan will raise the issue at every platform. He said the Senate had passed a unanimous resolution to condemn the blasphemous contest and the decision to call an OIC meeting was taken in light of the Senators’ recommendations.

“Everyone in Pakistan has the same stance on blasphemous caricatures. We will raise the issue at every international forum,” he added.

He urged the OIC to adopt a unified stance regarding the blasphemous content. The minister said he had written six letters to the OIC Foreign Ministers on this sensitive issue apprising them about the sentiments of the Pakistani nation.

The foreign minister said that he will also take up the matter with the Council of OIC Foreign Ministers meeting during his visit to the United States next month.

Qureshi said: “Our endeavour is to adopt a unified approach on the matter.” He said the issue of blasphemous content had also been raised with Secretary General United Nations and the UN Human Rights Commission.  He said Pakistan also planned to raise the matter with European Union as the matter may affect its own peace and security. The minister said the flag bearers of freedom of expression should show similar sensitivity and concern to the act, the way they showed on the matter of Holocaust and the black people of the US. He said their indifference will only fan intolerance and religious extremism.

Earlier, Shah Mehmood Qureshi contacted his Dutch counterpart and raised issue of sacrilegious caricatures.

Shah told the Dutch foreign minister sacrilegious caricatures had hurt the sentiments of Muslims across globe.

He warned his Dutch counterpart appalling acts will only fuel intolerance and hatred among believers of different faiths.

British High Commissioner Thomas Drew also called on Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi yesterday.

The Foreign Minister called for strengthening the trade and economic relations and people to  people contacts between the two countries, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said.