Muslim cleric: 'I'd nuke the Netherlands if I had the power'

Muslim cleric: 'I'd nuke the Netherlands if I had the power' August 31, 2018

A firebrand Muslim cleric in Pakistan, Khadim Rizvi, said that if he had the power he would order a nuclear strike against the Netherlands because of an upcoming Mohammed cartoon contest organised by the anti-Islamist politician Geert Wilders.
The Guardian reports that Imran Khan’s new Pakistani administration is being pressurised by Islamic hardliners like Rizvi to sever ties with Holland because of the contest. Thousands of Islamists this week set off on a protest march, claiming that Wilders’ competition was “blasphemous”.

The march, organised by Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP), a political party dedicated to the punishment of blasphemy, presents the first major test of Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) administration. Last year, a similar protest by the TLP shut down the capital, Islamabad, for almost a month.
Rizvi, who founded the TLP, said that condemnation of the contest by the Pakistani government was not enough and “only jihad” was the solution.
In June, Geert Wilders, who leads the Netherlands’ second largest party and has been found guilty of inciting hatred, invited submissions of cartoons depicting Mohammed. The $10,000 (£7,700) competition is due to open in November, with 200 entries so far.
The Dutch PM, Mark Rutte, has termed the event “disrespectful” but defended the right to hold it on the grounds of freedom of expression.
Pakistan’s new PM Imran Khan wants to stop ‘blasphemy’
On Monday, Pakistan’s senate passed a resolution condemning the competition and Khan vowed to take up the issue at the UN general assembly in September. He said Islamic countries should cooperate to create laws against blasphemy similar to those against Holocaust denial in European countries. Khan asked:
If they [Western countries] feel pained discussing the Holocaust, why haven’t we been able to convey to the West how much we feel pained when they do blasphemous things against Islam and our beloved Holy Prophet, peace be upon him?.
The TLP knows how to force the government’s hand. For three weeks in November, Rizvi and about 2,000 followers blockaded a motorway between Islamabad and its sister city, Rawalpindi, over minor adjustments to an election oath they declared blasphemous. The army eventually brokered a deal with the government, which included the dismissal of the law minister, Zahid Hamid, and further concessions.
The protest puts Khan in a difficult position, analysts said, as during the run-up to the election he was using the “same kind of rhetoric” on blasphemy as the TLP.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn

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  • AgentCormac

    He shouldn’t bother – Trump will probably find a reason to do it first.
    BTW, I’d love to know which karaoke song they’re all belting out in the photo at the top of this article.

  • AgentCormac

    BTW my vote would go to: ‘Thank God For The Bomb’ by Ozzy Osbourne. (Must confess I’ve never, ever heard it, but the title would seem appropriate enough.)

  • andym


  • Terry

    So according to the beggar country that is Pakistan industrial annihilation of millions of jews is equal to some enlightened people in the west scribblling a few cartoons about a mythological epileptic murderous paedophile.
    OK, so go ahead and sever ties with Holland but then be ready to accept all the offended muslims from Holland into Pakistan. And then be ready to have all the financial and military aid supplied by the west Pakistan cut off. Go ahead … make us cry. And dont forget that the madman Trump is fully capable of turning off the tap that supplies most of the aid. Pakistan is a failed state totally dependent upon the west for its survival. Go on cut your own throat … we can’t wait.
    Pakistan is the grubby disingenous self reviling street beggar taking the money in one hand and then stabbing the donor in the back with the rusty dagger held in the other.
    Pakistan harboured the shite Bin Laden and at the same time took Billion$ in aid. Talk about treacherous and immoral. What a fucking awful country.

  • Broga

    Try t he Vatican first and then the White House as they are both protected by omnipotent power. So no harm will befall them and you can test your own nuclear capacity and make necessary adjustments to achieve total success.

  • StephenJP

    AC: could be Smack My Bitch Up…?
    For me, this illustrates the serious downside to making Holocaust denial illegal, as it is in Germany and Austria. It is always preferable to counter untruths with the truth than with legal proscription. And freedom of speech should always be permitted to include speech that makes other people uncomfortable.
    Still, if I was Dutch I would regard it as a badge of honour to be attacked by this dreadful theocratic movement. I would not be confident about Imran Khan’s ability to ride this tiger. He should have stuck to his cricket (and maybe Jemima Goldsmith).

  • Dianne Leonard

    And that, children, is why blasphemy laws and nukes work so well together. We live in the 21st century, not in the 20th or the sixth. Crazy people (esp religious) are ready and willing to use nuclear weapons–which could wipe out all life on our planet–to kill off the blasphemers (read as: their rivals). This is “the religion of peace” but I have no doubt that the Vatican and the Religious Right would do the same effing thing if they could. Is anyone content to leave our survival to these monsters? I didn’t think so.

  • Gaurav Tyagi

    This Imran Khan is an ace hypocrite. He married the daughter of one of the richest man in Britain, Jemima when he was in his 40’s. Jemima was in her 20’s at that time. She was foolish enough to convert to Islam and move to Pakistan with Imran.
    Imran’s cricket playing days were over by that time. He harbored political ambitions. That was the reason he married Jemima because Imran had his eyes on James Goldsmith’s money. He founded a political party in Pakistan largely due to the finances provided by his father-in-law.
    He divorced Jemina a few years back, married for the second time, again a divorce and then married for the 3rd time, a Muslim holy woman with so called supernatural powers. This woman was already married with 5 kids.
    Imran is a Muslim religious fanatic himself. No Pakistani politician can go against the Pakistani army. Imran is just a puppet P.M, who will dance to the tunes of Pakistani army generals.
    This selfish crook made a statement sometime back saying that Pakistani youngsters should not learn English otherwise they would forget their so called culture.
    After having his English cake and eating it too. Imran wants Pakistani youngsters to remain religiously fanatic illiterates so, that the Pakistani masses continue to remain in awe of this religious nut Imran.

  • Har Davids

    Now that’s the contest is off, the screaming Pakistanis will forgive and forget, that’s the kind of people they are. And we give financial and other forms of aid to the basket-case of a country! I would like to see our politicians to show some spine and stop that.

  • Gaurav Tyagi

    @Har Davids, all the Countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa, nations like Pakistan which were colonized in the past still suffer from colonial hang-over.
    They are characterized by high prevalence of political as well as bureaucratic corruption.
    The major portion of the Western aid to these nations end up lining the coffers of the authorities.
    I won’t be surprised if they also give back a certain portion of the grants/aid say 5-10 % back to the Western nations politicians. Everyone happy.

  • Graham Martin-Royle

    While I may not like Mr Wilders I object to anyone trying to force their religious rules onto others who don’t follow their religion. That is why blasphemy laws should never be acceptable in a civilised society.
    And there is a huge difference between a murderous campaign of genocide and hurting someones feelings. It really is about time that people grew up and realised that.

  • L.Long

    Mentally deranged 5yr olds can NEVER grow up. They are only capable of lashing out and whining!! WOW! Sounds like another leader I know of!

  • 1859

    What is really worrying is that Pakistan has at its disposal nuclear weapons. Reason tells me that it is only a matter of time before some religious fanatic in that country or another gets their hands on them.

  • Stonyground

    Do we really have to make every single subject, no matter how unconnected, to be all about Donald Trump? It is tedious and stupid and far below the level of discourse that I would normally expect to find on a forum such as this one.

  • Gaurav Tyagi

    @Terry, while you are right about whatever you said about Pakistan. Pakistan is not completely dependent on the West since, it also has the backing of China.
    Pakistan is indeed a beggar state with boxes in both hands, one gets full with the alms from the west while the other one gets filled from the money by the Chinese.
    The following article written by me is an apt description of Pakistan;

  • Bill
    Trump makes Pakistan squeal. The beggar state of Pakistan is now bitching because the USA has started to cut back the aid on which Pakistan has sneeringly taken for decades. And now they protest bitterly as if it is their unasailable right to have billions of USA citizens Tax Dollars freely lavished upon them.
    If they get much more shitty about it Trump will turn the tap in the offwards direction even more. Suck it up Pakistan. Lets see your fanatical imams get you out of this. A bit of humility would be a good start.

  • barriejohn

    Why don’t they just let their all-powerful deity deal with the Netherlands, as he is also all-knowing, and has experience in this area, as the “sacred books” show. Fire from heaven is a well-known antidote to sinful behaviour. Incidentally, there is a news item this morning informing us that al-Shabab set off a car bomb in Mogadishu, which, besides damaging government offices and killing three soldiers, also caused a school to collapse, injuring children, and blew the roof off a nearby mosque. Don’t you think that this all-powerful deity, in whose name such atrocities are carried out, could ensure that they hit the right targets? Maybe there is a simple answer to this question simply staring one in the face!