Anti-Pakistan ads being removed from London buses

Published: November 15, 2017
More than 100 buses criss-crossing London displaying anti-Pakistan slogans. PHOTO COURTESY: HINDUSTAN TIMES

More than 100 buses criss-crossing London displaying anti-Pakistan slogans. PHOTO COURTESY: HINDUSTAN TIMES

British High Commissioner Thomas Drew on Wednesday expressed his country’s inability to control anti-Pakistan advertisements in the UK but made it clear that Britain “fully respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan”.

As the British envoy reacted to the anti-Pakistan advertising, Transport for London (TfL), the body that runs London’s transport network, started a campaign to remove the controversial advertisement from double-decker buses.

The TfL launched the campaign after the Pakistani High Commission in London lodged a strong protest over the move and urged the transport managers to remove all such material from the buses.

Anti-Pakistan London cab ads being removed

The new controversial anti-Pakistan advertisement appeared in over 100 buses in London just days after a similar campaign on London taxicabs drew strong condemnation from Islamabad.

Responding to the latest controversy, the British high commissioner issued a statement in which he acknowledged Pakistan’s unease over the advertisement in London.

While sharing Pakistan’s concerns, Drew insisted that the British government did not and could not control advertising in the UK.

“But our own position is clear: we fully respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan, of which Balochistan is and will continue to be an integral part,” he was quoted as saying by the British diplomatic mission in Islamabad.

Pakistan, on November 3, had summoned the British high commissioner to formally lodge a protest after Pakistani social media users spotted taxicabs on the London roads and even shared their pictures.

The Foreign Office had termed the anti-Pakistan advertisement a direct attack on the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Pakistan later announced that Transport for London (TfL), the body that runs London’s transport network, ordered the removal of anti-Pakistan propaganda advertisements from taxicabs in London after the authorities drew the attention of the British officials to the offensive material.

Similar advertisements also appeared in Geneva, Switzerland. The campaign, according to Pakistani officials, was backed by an enemy country. Although Pakistan did not publicly name it, the reference was aimed at neighbouring India.


Twitter also reacted to the ads placed on the buses:

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Sami Baloch
    Nov 15, 2017 - 4:19PM

    UK is an epicentre of Terrorists & UK is responsible for today’s massacre of 15 Innocent Pubjabi’s in Balochistan. I hope U.K. will pay the price for becoming an epicentre of Terrorists Recommend

  • SN
    Nov 15, 2017 - 4:27PM

    Pro-Balochistan is not the same as Anti-Pakistan. Last time I checked it was part of this country, and it’s people have been exploited and treated incredibly poorly by the powers that be. Do they not have the right to protest?Recommend

  • Faisal
    Nov 15, 2017 - 4:31PM

    We can shout Freedom for Scotland & NI but that wouldn’t do anything either. Good for TFL, they are making money from advertsRecommend

  • Dhanus Menon
    Nov 15, 2017 - 4:42PM

    Merger of Fata and KP with Afghanistan also need to establish peace.Recommend

  • Irfan
    Nov 15, 2017 - 6:17PM

    Free Scotland
    I hope it doesn’t hurt your feelings
    Hahaha Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Nov 15, 2017 - 6:23PM

    British Pakistani organizations are doing nothing about it. They create a lot of havoc on Kashmir, but are mum on such events. Stand up and own your country.Recommend

  • Neighbor
    Nov 15, 2017 - 7:28PM

    Free Kashmir, Free Nagaland, Free Khalistan, Free Mizoram, Free Assam and the list goes on. We would need a lot of buses to publicize these 13 states demanding freedom from India. Recommend

  • Humaal baloch
    Nov 15, 2017 - 8:16PM

    @Sami Baloch:
    It’s greatRecommend

  • M.Sethi
    Nov 15, 2017 - 8:50PM

    Enough of diplomatic efforts,time to payback the Indian RAW in the same coin.Pakistan should start off with a vigorous ” Free Kashmir,Assam/Nagaland and Khalistan” campaign !Recommend

  • globalahmadiyya
    Nov 16, 2017 - 9:21AM

    Now what Altaf Bhai will paint buses with free Jinnapur?
    It seems London Bus service will hike its advertising rates looking at all the controversies.
    Good luck marketing dept of London Bus Service.Recommend

  • Kashif Nawaz
    Nov 16, 2017 - 5:17PM

    This was a deliberate act of UK. I wonder why every Anti-Pakistan moment born and raised in the UK. #LoveBalochistanRecommend

  • Bubba Shaikh
    Nov 16, 2017 - 8:16PM

    @Kashif Nawaz:
    Sure, as these ads are migrating from one mode of transport to the next. Wouldn’t be surprised if these get emblazoned on the exterior of British civilian airliners next.Recommend

  • Milind
    Nov 17, 2017 - 12:01PM

    The news item of these ads appeared more than a month back in ET and now they’re ‘being’ removed. So for 1 month these were there and are still there. Shows the influence of Pakistani Govt and FO. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Nov 17, 2017 - 12:14PM

    Fact of the matter, when it comes to crunch-time, we are too scared to do anything ! Instead we will free that Indian spy.Recommend

  • HZR
    Nov 17, 2017 - 9:30PM

    Yes, it can be done adding to London bus fleet and supporters can pay for this purchaseRecommend

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