Monday 15 August 2022

Dutch ambassador to Pakistan returns to Islamabad next month

The Dutch ambassador to Pakistan is returning to the embassy in Islamabad at the beginning of next month after three months in the Netherlands.

Ardi Stoios-Braken was stopped from returning to the country after coming home for a short holiday to see her family in November. She was not allowed to return because of death threats made against both her and embassy staff.

The threats followed anti-Islam comments on social media by Geert Wilders, leader of the PVV party.

Stoios-Braken told the AD on Saturday that ‘measures have been taken’ to improve security and that the Pakistan authorities have tackled those behind the threats.

‘We may have to be more cautious, and things which I used to do, I may no longer do,’ the ambassador, who has seven months left in this posting, told the paper.

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