ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has lodged a protest with the Swiss government for letting a banned-outfit, Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), operate from its soil to spread ‘free Balochistan’ propaganda.
According to the details, Swiss Ambassador to Pakistan was summoned by Foreign Office in Islamabad on Monday, to lodge protest over anti-Pakistan advertisement campaign in Geneva.
Meanwhile, drawing the attention of Swiss Government on the issue, Pakistan’s Permanent Mission to United Nations at Geneva demanded Swiss government to take strict actions against the culprits involved in this act.
In a letter to Ambassador Valentin Zellweger, the permanent representative of the Swiss government at the United Nations, Pakistani envoy to Switzerland Farukh Amil has taken up the matter of posters raised in the area around Rio de Ferney in Grand Sacconex, Geneva, terming the incident as a belligerent attack on the “sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan” by giving calls for ‘free Balochistan’.
Farukh Amil also drew the attention of the ambassador towards the failure of the Swiss authorities in taking action against terrorists of BLA – a group of Baloch separatists listed by Pakistan, United Kingdom (UK) and other states as a terrorist organisation.
The envoy said that the BLA had been using its Geneva hideout, Balochistan House, to attack the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the state of Pakistan, despite the fact that attack on the sovereignty of any state is a violation of the UN charter.
The envoy also demanded of the Swiss government to fully investigate the incident with a view to blocking its recurrence in the future. He also urged the Swiss government to proceed against the local accomplices of the BLA and deal with those individuals/companies like APG SA advertising agency who wittingly or unwittingly support BLA.