People Behind ‘Akhand Bharat’ Posters Arrested in Pakistan; But Who Planned The Campaign?

The pro-India banners which appeared in Islamabad (and widely circulated on the internet) welcoming the decision on Jammu and Kashmir, were due to an “error” made by the designers and poor “language” of the campaigners, a senior Pakistani official confirmed.

On Tuesday, pro-India banners appeared in different parts of the Pakistani capital, including in the high-security Red Zone, welcoming India’s move to revoke Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir.

The pro-India banners went unnoticed for a long time before some passers-by spotted them and informed the police. The banners carried a map envisioning “Akhand Bharat” (undivided India) showing parts of the present-day states of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh and warnings about Balochistan

They carried a message of Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut. The caption on the top of the banner read: “Maha-Bharat A Step Forward”.

Today we took Jammu and Kashmir, tomorrow we will take Balochistan and PoK. I am sure Prime Minister Modi will make the dream of undivided India come true,” said the message was written on the banners

On Thursday, Islamabad District Commissioner tweeted that everybody associated with the issue has been arrested and the investigation was complete.

“Banners investigation completed. Everyone associated arrested, statements recorded. It is mainly an issue of a technical misunderstanding/error by the designer. The intention was to highlight the expansionist/hegemonic aims of India. Our enemies can’t dare to take such a step,” he tweeted.

He said during the investigation, it was found that the activists who put up the banners “were not good at their language”

“They are actually young activists who need to improve their grammar and punctuation,” DC said.   He said the people who displayed the banner did not seek the permission of the Capital Development Authority, the civic body which controls the display of banners. “They did not get any approval. That’s why they have been arrested and charged,” the district commissioner said.