Posters in Geneva: “Jammu and Kashmir seeks attention”

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

It has yet to be ascertained who put up the posters. Dawn reported that the images of the posters were shared by Pakistan Television Network’s official Twitter account on Monday night. In September, “Free Balochistan” posters that had cropped up in the area around Rue de Ferney of Grand Saconnex in Geneva. The permanent representative of Pakistan to the UN, Ambassador Farukh Amil, had written to the Swiss authorities to take action against the appearance of the posters.

The Pakistan foreign office termed them “anti-Pakistan posters and an insidious paid campaign against Pakistan” while the senate agreed to suspend till further notice the workings of a Pak-Switzerland Friendship Group.

“According to the United Nations’ Charter, no country can allow its soil to be used against another state,” Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani claimed in the federal senate. He said that the posters were an attack on Pakistan’s sovereignty. The longstanding dispute over Jammu and Kashmir territory was hotly debated between India and Pakistan during last week’s UN General Assembly session.

On Sept 23, India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj took a swipe at Pakistan, telling the UN General Assembly that Islamabad had given the world “terrorists” while India was producing top-notch doctors and engineers. Responding to the charges levelled by Swaraj, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi, said that India was using terrorism as a state policy.
“Her comments towards my country betray the hostility that the Indian leadership has towards Pakistan – the hostility we have endured for 70 years,” Ambassador Lodhi told the assembly.