FO expresses ‘serious concerns’ over anti-Pakistan slogans on London cabs

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ISLAMABAD: 

Pakistan has conveyed its ‘serious concerns’ over the display of anti-Pakistan slogans on taxis plying the roads in London.

Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua called in British High Commissioner Thomas Drew on Friday to convey Pakistan’s concerns over the display of such slogans on some cabs in London that directly attacked the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

According to the Foreign Office, the high commissioner was informed that Pakistan, in line with the UN Charter, rejected the actions and advertisements displaying malicious content that impinged on its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The issue is also being raised with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office by the Pakistan High Commissioner in London, the Foreign Office said in a statement.

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

Pakistani social media users in London had come across the cabs and shared their pictures, condemning the anti-Pakistan propaganda.

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

According to a Foreign Office statement, 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 Baluchistan’ posters in Geneva’s  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 Balochistan.

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