Islamabad (Staff Report): Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani on Thursday demanded the expulsion of Switzerland ambassador over ‘Free Balochistan’ campaign.
According to local media, Rabbani expressed the remarks, which received high appreciation from members of government and opposition, following Law Minister Zahid Hamid’ statement, which he made on behalf of the foreign minister, that banned group, the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), is behind the poster campaign regarding “Free Balochistan” in Geneva, Switzerland.
He urged the Foreign Office to register a protest with the Swiss government in strongest terms because its land is being used for exporting terrorism to Pakistan, adding that the campaign surfaced in Geneva was against the global laws and UN charter.
Zahid Hamid informed the Senate that the “Free Baluchistan” campaign was pointed by Pakistani diplomats in Geneva after observing the posters in well-frequented areas, on buses and hoardings, funded by the “Baluchistan House,” an affiliate of the BLA.
Claiming that India is involved in the campaign as it has close links with the separatist group, Hamid said that such activities posed threat to Pakistan’s territorial integrity and violation of international laws and UN charter.
Using soil of Switzerland against Pakistan by foreign-funded secessionists is totally unacceptable for Pakistan, he added.
The law minister said the Swiss government had been asked to be alert about the presence of BLA terrorists or elements linked with such terrorists in Geneva.
The Swiss government had been asked to remove the posters from public place and vehicles, besides urging it to control such campaigns in future, he informed, adding that the foreign government had also been alerted regarding presence of BLA terrorists.