United Kingdom’s Ambassador to Pakistan Thomas Drew on Wednesday said British government could not control anti-Pakistan advertising in the UK.
While responding to the concerns about advertising in the London UK focusing on Baluchistan the high commissioner said, “I understand the strength of feeling about the adverts being displayed on London, but unfortunately British government cannot handle advertising in the UK.”
But we fully respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan and Baluchistan would continue to be an integral part of Pakistan, our position is clear on this matter, he added.
In order to demean the Pakistan’s image internationally, the anti-Pakistan adverts campaign was started on London buses a few days ago featuring the theme “Free Baluchistan”. They put up ads on more than 100 London buses with hat and anti-Pakistan slogans. The campaign was said to be organized by World Baluch Organization (WBO) which is behind the scenes is fully supported by India. Pakistan has taken its position to pinpoint the Indian involvement in Baluchistan.
After the adverts campaign, Pakistan has summoned Thomas Drew and complaint about the hate and anti-Pakistan slogans campaign against Pakistan which is being done under their nose right in the heart of England, London.
Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua spoke to British High Commissioner and expressed serious concerns about slogans being displayed on London Cab and London Buses which directly attacks Pakistan sovereignty and Integrity.
The High Commissioner was informed that Pakistan strongly rejects the adverts and malicious content which is a direct impinge on Pakistan’s dignity. The foreign minister said the campaign was organized by banned terrorist organization Baluchistan Liberation Army (BLA) which has roots internationally and have connections with our enemies. The BLA is not only banned in Pakistan but also in several other countries, the minister added.
Earlier this month, the “Transport for London” TFL authorities took action in order to remove malicious material and ordered an inquiry to take disciplinary action against the responsible. The foreign ministry in a statement appreciated the prompt action by TFL.
However, this week the campaign started again by WBO
A spokesperson for WBO Bhawal Mengal said: “This is the third phase of our London campaign to raise awareness about Pakistan’s human rights abuses in Balochistan and the right of the Baloch people to self-determination. We started with taxi adverts, then roadside billboards and now we are advertising on London buses.”