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‘Free Balochistan’ ads appear on London buses

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  1. khakhi_chaddi

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    After taxis, ‘Free Balochistan’ ads appear on London buses
    WORLD Updated: Nov 14, 2017 15:24 IST
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    A London bus with the advertisement for “Free Balochistan”.


    More than100 buses have been criss-crossing London with advertisements for “Free Balochistan” as part of a campaign by Baloch nationalists against Pakistan’s alleged human rights abuses in the resource-rich province.

    The campaign was launched days after a similar drive on London’s taxis was stopped by authorities. The advertisements on the buses have the slogans “Free Balochistan”, “Save the Baloch People” and “Stop Enforced Disappearances”.

    Transport for London (TfL), the body that runs the city’s transport network, removed similar advertisements on taxis by the World Baloch Organisation following complaints by Pakistan, which described the campaign as “sinister” and “malicious”.

    However, WBO said it would continue to peacefully and respectfully speak out against rights violations in Balochistan.

    Bhawal Mengal, a member of WBO, told Hindustan Times: “We have delivered our message through taxis, billboards across London and now on over 100 buses. So far the buses are carrying the adverts but we can expect pressure again from Pakistan authorities.

    “We are in touch with TfL to challenge the removal of our adverts from taxis, and will do it again if they are removed from buses that are actually owned by TfL. This is the third phase of our campaign after taxis and billboards.




    “The attempts by the Pakistan government to pressure the UK to ban our adverts have failed. The campaign is powering ahead and will continue for weeks to come. The bullying tactics of Pakistan are an attack on freedom of expression.”

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    A London bus with the “Free Balochistan” advertsiement. (HT Photo)

    Mengal added, “They are an anti-democratic bid to censor the voice of the Baloch people and cover up the war crimes of the Pakistan Army in Balochistan. This is a peaceful advertising campaign. Pakistan’s aggressive reaction is a bare-faced attempt to intimidate the UK government and Baloch human rights defenders.”

    Several individuals associated with the Baloch campaign against the Pakistan government are based in Britain, including the influential Khan of Kalat, Amir Ahmed Sulaiman Daud, who left Pakistan in 2006 and secured refuge here.

    Noordin Mengal, another WBO human rights campaigner, said: “Tens of thousands of Baloch people have been murdered or been ‘disappeared’ by the Pakistani security forces. The killings are happening right now and are sadly aided by American weapon systems that are being diverted to attack the secular and progressive Baloch people, including the misuse of US-supplied F-16 fighter jets and Cobra attack helicopters.”

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    A “Free Balochistan” billboard put up in London by the World Baloch Organisation. (HT Photo)

    Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest but least populated province, has for long been plagued by an insurgency by armed Baloch nationalist groups. In recent years, the bodies of hundreds of Baloch activists have been found dumped on the roadside, with rights groups blaming the Pakistan Army and intelligence agencies for their killing.

    Pakistan often accuses India of fomenting unrest in the province, a charge that has been denied by New Delhi.
     
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    Free Balochistan from what? They're not being opressed like the people of Indian-occupied Kashmir. This is a smokescreen from India to undermine its war crimes in IOK and lead the attention away. Pathethic.
     
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    Bharation ka sabun slow hai.

    These ads were posted and then removed last week. Bharati ab jaag rahai hain
     
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    If humans could bark like dog indians would be loudest!
     
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    Because Mom-Batti Mafia 's front lady Noor E Maryam Kanwar now a days resides in London..And obviously Funding of RAW has to show its influence one way or other.

    Khair... This desperate desire of Anti-Pakistan elements is going to remain a wish till death, no matter they advertise this ad at Burj E Khalifa or at Mount Everest. :sarcastic: :tdown:
     
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    RAW doing its business, Why Pakistan do not reciprocate... What India is doing in IHK ??? "Lato key bhoot bato say nhi manay gay"
     
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    I saw a Rikshaw in Lahore recently it stated

    FREE IRELAND
    FREE SCOTLAND

    What is the big deal? It is not like that the queen printed those out on her nightly walks. Let people burn their money. 80 percent cannot locate Balochistan on a map so it does not matter.
     
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    As insignificant as it may be, it still gives off foreigners the wrong image. They probably think Balochistan is being opressed or smth and a simple google search will show it's part of Pakistan.
     
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    lol

    dude no one cares............. they are just milking the cow
     
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    Desperation at its best
     
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    This paid advertisement is all the part and parcel of a secret campaign that will hold its meeting either in Switzerland or London soon in which, the emphasis would be to gather all the R&AW Sponsored BLA etc and heat the moment. Seeing all the previous efforts gone down the drain, yet again, there goes the taxpayers money on something that has no future or any lifeline left but few breaths as such, these will be stopped too.
     
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