Free Kashmir and Nagaland: Did Pakistan fund Anti-Indian posters in tat for tat response?

by Tauqeer Abbas


Posters demanding freedom for Jammu and Kashmir and Indian states Tripura, Nagaland, and Manipur have appeared on metro buses and trams in Geneva while the 36th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is underway in the city.



The Pakistan Television Network (PTV) official Twitter account shared this information on Monday night with images. It has yet to be ascertained who put up the posters.



Earlier in September, Ambassador Farukh Amil, the permanent representative of Pakistan to the UN had written to the Swiss authorities to bring attention to “Free Balochistan” posters that had cropped up in the area around Rue de Ferney of Grand Saconnex in Geneva.



In his letter, Ambassador Amil had demanded that the Swiss authorities take action against the posters after reports of their sighting.



Ambassador-designate of Switzerland, Thomas Kelly, was also summoned to the Foreign Office (FO) 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.



On Sept 21, the Senate agreed to suspend till further notice the workings of a Pak-Switzerland Friendship Group in reaction to the appearance of “Free Balochistan” posters in Geneva.


It was reported that these posters were funded by the Indian authorities who paid almost 7 billion for anti-Pakistan campaign.



Pakistan and India’s longstanding dispute regarding the Jammu and Kashmir territory was hotly debated during last week’s UN General Assembly session.


Now the appearance of Anti-Indian posts in Geneva has risen many eye brows that did Pakistan fund this campaign in a tit for tat response to Indian nefarious design to fuel Balochistan’s secession.

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