ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua on Friday summoned the British High Commissioner in Pakistan Thomas Drew over the display of “anti-Pakistan slogans” on London cabs “that directly attack its territorial integrity and sovereignty”.
The posters reading “Free Balochistan” slogans reportedly appeared on vehicles in London earlier on Friday.
A foreign office statement read “the high commissioner was informed that Pakistan, in line with the UN Charter, rejects actions and advertisements with malicious content that impinge on our sovereignty and territorial integrity.” It said that the “issue was also being raised with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office by our High Commissioner in London”.
“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 read.
Earlier this year during the United Nation General Assembly meeting, similar posters had appeared in the Swiss city of Geneva, irking Pakistani people and government to a large extent.
Pakistan also launched a complaint to the Swiss authorities, saying “Any notion of ‘Free Baluchistan’ is a flagrant attack on [the] sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan.”
The Foreign Office spokesperson had blamed India for the emergence of the anti-Pakistan posters in Geneva, Switzerland. Moreover, Pakistan had linked the posters to the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), which, he said, is a “listed terrorist organisation under the laws of Pakistan and other countries, including the United Kingdom.”