Pakistan expresses concern over propaganda banner during Pak-Afghan match
Islamabad: Pakistan’s Foreign Office on Sunday expressed concern over a banner that was flown by a certain group during the Cricket World Cup match between Pakistan and Afghanistan on Saturday.
Earlier, on Saturday, planes with banners carrying what Pakistan called, propaganda-based slogans, which were flown above Headingley Stadium in Leeds, Britain. This led the Pakistan’s Foreign Office to express concern, with the FO spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal saying cricket grounds were not the place to engage in propaganda and that it was unacceptable.
Demanding that the cricket-related authorities and the law enforcement agencies conduct an investigation into the matter, Dr Faisal said those who engaged in this propaganda should be held accountable.
The matter, the FO spokesperson said, was also being considered to be taken up on a diplomatic level.
Furthermore, Pakistan also expressed concern over some of the Afghan fans’ inappropriate behaviour against and scuffle with the Pakistani fans during the match.
Journalists who tried to film the scenes outside the stadium were also harassed and manhandled by a group of Afghan fans.