In a huge embarrassment for Pakistan, posters were found in the country's capital Islamabad including its high-security area, the Red Zone, supporting Indian government's move to revoke Article 370.
The poster is titled 'Maha-Bharat' with the tagline 'A Step Forward'. It has the picture of a tweet by Indian news agency ANI with the quote supposedly by Shiv Sena's Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut. Raut says, "Today we have taken back Jammu and Kashmir, tomorrow we will take back Balochistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. I believe Prime Minister Modi will fulfill the dream of 'united' India."
The narrator in the video claims that the posters have been put all over the street in Islamabad.
Below is the poster:
While there is more to the poster than meets the eye, now, in a bizarre turn of events, Pakistan has issued a 'clarification' saying that there was an error by the designers and 'poor language' was used by them.
The poster was put up in Pakistan's national capital a day after Amit Shah moved a resolution to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir in Rajya Sabha. Both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha passed bills including the one concerned with revocation of Article 370 in the region by Tuesday. The Bills received assent from President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday integrating Jammu and Kashmir with India. A bill to reorganise the state into Union Territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir was also passed.
Apart from its regular attempts to violate ceasefire violations and assistance to terrorists to infiltrate India, a spooked Pakistan on Thursday tried to provoke India by halting the Samjhauta Express service. On Thursday, after a meeting of the National Security Council chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, Pakistan had decided to downgrade diplomatic ties. It asked India to withdraw its High Commissioner to Pakistan and also decided not to send its High Commissioner-designate to New Delhi. It partially shut off its airspace and suspended bilateral trade with India. However, in a latest 'clarification' Pakistan has said that it has not closed its air space for Indian flights.