Washington, The United States has expressed concern over Islamabad’s decision to shut Pashto-language Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberties station. Pakistan alleges that the US-funded material is being circulated against Pakistan’s interests in this station. A spokesman for the Ministry of External Affairs said, “We have seen these reports and have expressed their concern before the Pakistan government. We are closely monitoring the matter. ‘
The spokesman said, “America supports the freedom of the media around the world. The active and independent press is the basis of the democratic government. ‘ Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty established Radio Torch in 2010 and it is funded by the U.S. government. It was established as an alternative to extremist propaganda in Afghanistan’s tribal area of Afghanistan.
Through this, efforts were made to reach such listeners, who had earlier heard the ‘Mullah Radio’ of the Taliban extremists. After being accused by ISI for broadcasting the program against Pakistan’s ‘interests’ at this radio station, the Pakistan Home Ministry had asked to stop the station. However, the charge was rejected by the radio station RFE / RL. Thomas Kant, President of RFE / RL said, “Radio torch does not work in the interest of any intelligence agency or any government.”