ANI | Europe | Last Updated at June 29 2019 19:10 IST
A plane flying with anti-Pakistan banners unfurled from it was spotted on Saturday over the Headingley cricket ground here where the World Cup cricket match between Pakistan and Afghanistan was underway.
The plane unfurled banners in the sky bearing slogans 'Justice for Balochistan' and 'Help end enforced disappearances in Pakistan', written in big bold black and red letters as part of a campaign organised by Baloch activists to highlight the dire human rights violation in Pakistan.
"Baloch Republican Party and World Balochorganisation's awareness campaign against enforced disappearances in Pakistan flying banners hovering over Headingley Stadium calling for #EndEnforcedDisappearances during #PAKvAFG cricket match," the World BalochOrganisation tweeted.
In another tweet, it said: "The plane in its second run over #PAKvAFG #ICCWorldCup2019 match in Leeds, trailed a banner that read "Justice for #Balochistan", urging the Int'l community that the people of Balochistan demand justice for decades of atrocities by #Pakistani forces. #EndEnforcedDisappearances."
An ICC source told ANI that the "aircraft was an unauthorised" and said that Leedsair traffic will investigate the matter.
"A fight broke out between Pakistan and Afghanistan fans in Leeds after a plane was flown over the stadium which had Balochistan slogans. Apparently, it was an unauthorised plane that flew over the stadium and political messages were hung from the plane which were visible. Leedsair traffic will now investigate the matter," the ICC source said.
In their earlier initiative, roadside billboards were put up around the city of Birmingham with slogans "Help end enforced disappearances in Pakistan".
On June 23, Baloch Republican Party and World Baloch Organisation had organised a similar protest outside Lord's cricketstadium in London, where the protestors distributed leaflets to raise awareness about enforced disappearances of Balochand other religious minorities in Pakistan, even as the match between Pakistan and South Africa was underway.
The angry fans had also shouted slogans -- "Long Live Pakistan Army".