FO summons Swiss envoy over anti-Pakistan posters

The Pakistan Foreign Office summoned on Monday Switzerland’s envoy designate Thomas Kolly over a “free Balochistanpropaganda campaign reportedly being run in Geneva by the defunct Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA).

Swiss ambassador promised to convey Pakistan’s message to his government, FO also handed over protest letter to Swiss ambassador.

The spokesman also pointed out a letter that has been written by Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Farukh Amil, in which he has brought to the attention of the Swiss Permanent Representative Valentin Zellweger that posters by a terrorist organization have been allowed by his government all along Rue de Ferney in the Grand Sacconex area.

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

“Any notion of “Free Baluchistan” is a flagrant attack on sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan”.

In his letter released to the media, Permanent Representative Farrukh Amil said that the use of Swiss soil by terrorist and violent secessionists for nefarious designs against Pakistan and its 200 million people is totally unacceptable. BLA is a listed terrorists organisation under the law of Pakistan and other countries, including the United Kingdom.

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.

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.

Pakistan says it has proofs that the banned organisations including Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) and Balochistan Republican Army (BRA) are directly funded by RAW, which had established training camps in Kabul, Kandahar and Nimruz.

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