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‘India spent Rs7b to run anti-Pakistan campaign’

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LAHORE: Political analyst Agha Iqrar Haroon has said that India has spent Rs7 billion to run
an anti-Pakistan campaign in Geneva, Switzerland and that the campaign has originated
from Canada.

Talking with reference to the anti-Pakistan posters in the Swiss city, Haroon said the Baloch-
istan Liberation Army (BLA) last year started getting anti-Pakistan articles published in
Canadian newspapers.

Responding to the allegations levelled in an article, Nadeem Kiani — Minister Press High
Commission for Pakistan to Ottawa — highlighted how the Canadian media was playing in
the hands of India.

“Kiani asked as to how could someone level such allegations against a sovereign state,”
Haroon said, adding that the envoy should be appreciated for countering the conspiracy.

He said India got anti-Pakistan advertisements published in Geneva through a company,
which according to him, was paid through money laundering.

“We have to face great difficulty even in sending $600 abroad, but nobody bothered to know
how money was sent to the company for such a big campaign.

“The same is the case with our educated people who get a visa with great difficulty while
people from Afghanistan land in Switzerland with great ease and get an asylum,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 20th, 2017.

Pakistan’s UN representative asks Swiss authorities
to take action against’Free Balochistan’posters

Naveed Siddiqui

A bus in Rue de Ferney of Grand Sacconex with the "Free Baluchistan" poster on it.—DawnNews

Ambassador Farukh Amil, the permanent representative of Pakistan to the United Nations
(UN), has written to the Swiss authorities to take action against “Free Balochistan” posters
that have appeared in Geneva.

In a letter, written to Ambassador and Permanent UN Representative Valentin Zellweger on
September 6 — a copy of which is available with DawnNews, Amil said that the posters that
appeared in the area around Rue de Ferney of Grand Saconnex “mentioned the name of
Balochistan House (BH) as a sponsor.”

Pakistan’s Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva “has counted eight posters and one digital
poster on display since this Monday [September 3],” the letter reads.

According to the ambassador, a car “remained parked near [the digital poster] and seemed to
be guarding [it].”

“It is quite conceivable that local city authorities received certain revenue fee for display of
these posters,” Amil says in the letter, stressing that “any notion of 'Free Baluchistan' is a
flagrant attack on [the] sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan.”

According to the letter, the BH — the apparent sponsor of these posters — is an affiliate of the
Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), which is a “listed terrorist organisation under the laws of
Pakistan and other countries, including the United Kingdom.”

“The fact that terrorists or elements linked with terrorists operate openly for their propaganda
campaigns in the peaceful and serene city of Geneva, capital of the United Nations, is a matter
of grave concern,” the letter reads.

“The use of Swiss soil by terrorists and violent secessionists for nefarious designs against
Pakistan and its 200 million people is totally unacceptable,” said the ambassador, demanding
that “the incident is fully investigated with a view to blocking its recurrence in the future.”

The ambassador also expressed hope that the Swiss authorities would, “proceed against the
local accomplices of the BLA and deal with those individual/companies […] who wittingly or
unwittingly support BLA.”

In 2006, the federal government exercised its powers under Section 11(b) of the Anti-Terrorism
Act, 1997, to declare the BLA a terrorist organisation.

The decision was made after the government cancelled the arms licences issued earlier to main
nationalist leaders in Balochistan.

At the time, the federal government's investigation had said that the BLA was involved in sabotage
activities, including rocket attacks on national installations, civilian population and security forces.
It was also accused of laying landmines in various parts of the province.

Since the organisation was first banned, a number of members of BLA have surrendered themselves
to the Pakistan Army after mediation efforts in the province.

Protest lodged with Swiss envoy

Ambassador-designate of Switzerland, Thomas Kelly, was summoned to the Foreign Office (FO)
today by Additional Secretary (Europe) Zaheer A. Janjua to lodge a protest against the display of
"anti-Pakistan posters and an insidious paid campaign against Pakistan", an FO handout read.

"A strong protest was lodged with the ambassador on allowing the use of Swiss territory by elements
linked with a terrorist organisation perpetrating terrorism and violence in Pakistan," the FO said.

The FO highlighted that these posters "had been sponsored by a terrorist organisation proscribed by
Pakistan as well as some other countries."

"The ambassador was asked to convey to his government Pakistan's strong protest against allowing
its space to [be used by] a terrorist organisation to carry out activities against Pakistan’s sovereignty
and territorial integrity, in contravention of the UN Charter and international law," the FO statement
said.

The Swiss government was urged to take action against the perpetrators of the "malicious campaign".

Source:DAWN.COM, September 18, 2017


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