Pak bars Danish scribe after Prophet cartoons

The Danish newspaper has drawn criticism for publishing Mohammed cartoons.

Copenhagen: The Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten said on Sunday that Pakistan had refused to renew the visa of its correspondent following a row over its publication of Mohammed cartoons.

On its website, it said the Pakistani authorities have informed Puk Damsgaard Andersen that his visa will not be renewed, saying they can no longer guarantee his security.

However, according to the Pakistani daily The Nation, authorities in Islamabad believe Andersen carried out secret and illicit activities and distributed the controversial drawings in Pakistan, an accusation that Andersen denies.

"The Pakistani government cannot guarantee personal security, but that`s not new, and it is always an excuse they use to expel people," Andersen was quoted as saying. "I consider it as harassment of a journalist."

Foreign Minister Lene Espersen said Denmark`s ambassador would meet Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monay and "emphasise that Denmark takes this case seriously”.

Andersen has already had to temporary leave the country over the cartoons, which were considered blasphemous in Pakistan.


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