Anti-Pakistan ads on London cabs anger Islamabad

Published: November 3, 2017
PHOTO: Reuters/File

PHOTO: Reuters/File

PHOTO: Reuters/File PHOTO: File

ISLAMABAD: In a rare move, Pakistan on Friday summoned the British high commissioner to lodge a protest over display of slogans on London cabs that the Foreign Office said directly attack the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

“Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua called in British High Commissioner Thomas Drew to convey Pakistan’s serious concern over the controversial slogans,” said a statement issued by the Foreign Office.

“The high commissioner is informed that Pakistan, in line with the UN Charter, rejects actions and advertisements with malicious content that impinge on our sovereignty and territorial integrity,” added the statement.

“The issue is also being raised with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office by our high commissioner in London,” it added.

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“Pakistan is aware of the intentions of such sinister and malicious campaigns, which should not be allowed on the soil of a friendly country,” the statement further said.

The development came after Pakistani social media users spotted the cabs in London and shared their pictures, condemning the anti-Pakistan propaganda.

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In September, Pakistan had summoned the Swiss ambassador over the public display of anti-Pakistan posters by a group in Switzerland.

A strong protest was lodged with the ambassador over Swiss authorities, permitting the use of its territory for propaganda by elements linked with the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) — a “terrorist organisation which is perpetrating terrorism and violence in Pakistan”.

It was also underlined that the ‘Free Balochistan’ posters in Geneva had been sponsored by a group linked with the BLA, which has been proscribed by Pakistan as well as some other countries for its violent actions in the province.

Later, posters and advertisements calling for freedom of Kashmir, Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura from Indian tyranny had popped up in different parts of Geneva.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Sajid
    Nov 3, 2017 - 5:13PM

    Taxis in Pakistan should go tit for tat with the UK – #Free Scotland on Pakistan Taxis.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Nov 3, 2017 - 5:26PM

    Indians behind it .BLA you funding and supporting ..Understand the difference between Kashmir and Balochistan to balochistan..Recommend

  • Adil Khan
    Nov 3, 2017 - 7:54PM

    Seven billion rupees for the ads in Zurich? I’ve an advertising agency, and I’ll paint the whole town red for half of that amount. And I’ll throw in a few other cities while the budget lasts. Recommend

  • Rahul
    Nov 3, 2017 - 8:04PM

    It is known as free speech.Recommend

  • Sunil
    Nov 3, 2017 - 8:47PM

    @Pakistani Indians have money to spend on useless things.Recommend

  • Saleem
    Nov 3, 2017 - 9:00PM

    When will Pakistan FO do something about this? Why have Indian atrocities in Kasmir been not broadcasted on International forums? And why would Pakistan not support Khalistan movement? If India has started this game then Pakistan must respond with same force, or all those higher up in FO must hit the road.Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Nov 4, 2017 - 8:36AM

    These taxi companies are privately held. Just buy ad spots on London taxis that say “Free Kashmir.”

    It’s really not that hard.Recommend

  • RA
    Nov 4, 2017 - 10:12AM

    We should put “Free Kashmir” ads on buses and taxis in UK and SwitzerlandRecommend

  • Adil
    Nov 4, 2017 - 5:35PM

    But aren’t most of the taxi drivers in the UK of Pakistani origin? How did they allow it?Recommend

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