Balochistan isn’t Kashmir: Zehri rejects Narendra Modi’s toxic analogy

Published: August 15, 2016
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Modi recently claimed the province was suffering repression following a crackdown on insurgency- like Kashmir. PHOTO: ONLINE

Modi recently claimed the province was suffering repression following a crackdown on insurgency- like Kashmir. PHOTO: ONLINE

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri strongly rebuffed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent claim that the province was suffering repression following a crackdown on insurgency – likening it to the struggle in the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir. “The government and people of vehemently reject Modi’s statement on the situation in the province,” CM Zehri said.

Speaking at an event held in commemoration of the country’s Independence Day, Zehri said that there was a huge difference between the situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir and Balochistan.

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Several events were held at Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS), Bugti Stadium in Quetta and Balochistan Assembly as well as the Quaid-i-Azam Residency in Ziarat to mark the day.

Commander, Southern Command Lt-General Aamer Riaz, provincial ministers and senior civil and army officials were present on these occasions.

The chief minister said: “A handful of miscreants, manipulated by the Indian intelligence agency, are involved in anti-peace activities in Balochistan. People of Balochistan are loyal and patriotic … they love Pakistan and will never support the nefarious designs of the country’s enemies.”

He said the arrest of a serving officer of Indian Navy proved that India had launched an unconventional war against Pakistan.

“India is behind terrorism, militancy and anti-peace activities in Balochistan,” he said, adding that nefarious designs of Pakistan’s enemies would be thwarted.

“The situation (in the two regions) is very different as the people of Indian-held Kashmir desire freedom from India and Indian armed forces have been brutally and violently victimising them,” Zehri said.

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“But in Balochistan,” he added, “the people love Pakistan and they want to live within the legal framework of the country.”

“You cannot term it a fight for freedom if a few misguided youth are waging militancy and involved in anti-peace activities in Balochistan.”

He insisted that the people of the province “truly love Pakistan and they are patriotic Pakistanis”.

According to Chief Minister Zehri, the enemies of Pakistan were involved in militancy and terrorism in Balochistan ever since the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects were announced. “Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and other enemies of the country are involved in funding militants to disrupt peace and stability in Balochistan,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 15th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (23)

  • Rahul
    Aug 15, 2016 - 8:36AM

    “India is behind terrorism, militancy and anti-peace activities in Balochistan,”

    No one else in the world seems to listen to your lies. People all over the world are fed up of Pakistan. They all want to invest and be in India while cold shouldering Pakistan at the same time. So no matter how much you run to the UN, you’ll always come back empty handed. Recommend

  • NAVIK
    Aug 15, 2016 - 9:01AM

    India thanked Baloch, PoK, Gilgit people from the red fort today. A historical moment for entire South Asia.Recommend

  • Srinivasulu Mekala
    Aug 15, 2016 - 9:30AM

    There is no hurry. India will never work in a hurry. But count down has surely started. Thank you Pakistan for creating opportunities to India to do things that it could not have done otherwise. Time to pay for your indiscretion.Recommend

  • AD
    Aug 15, 2016 - 9:32AM

    Puppet Balochistan CM can say anything but Pakistan cannot deny atrocities there. Modi has rightly taken up their case.Recommend

  • Srinivasulu Mekala
    Aug 15, 2016 - 9:36AM

    I do not think it ever occurred to Pakistanis that the Durand line is not accepted by Afghanistan. The original Afghan boundaries touched Punjab and Sindh. Basically someone who has hundreds of Pandora boxes does not try to open boxes of others. If you have opened, then face the music. Best of luck.Recommend

  • Anil Kumar
    Aug 15, 2016 - 10:00AM

    It would be wise on Pak to forge a meaningful dialogue minus Kashmir with India to bring peace and stability to the region else it will be isolated from international community and deprive of foreign investments to uplift the economy, which is in doldrums and remain a terror sponsoring nation. Mutual understanding between both countries can bring huge development and eradicate poverty by reducing the defense budgets.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Aug 15, 2016 - 10:18AM

    Balochistan CM is working at the behest of Pakistan not Baluchistan.Recommend

  • Komal S
    Aug 15, 2016 - 10:28AM

    The Chief Minister needs to check the voting % when you had the last election in Balochistan.
    While people in Kashmir vote in huge numbers for a Government recognized under Indian constitution and the elected members recognize that Kashmir is an Integral part of India. Also check your election record in POK.Recommend

  • Aug 15, 2016 - 10:36AM

    @AD, Before calling our CM puppet look at your murderer PM, what happens in Gujrat?
    what happens in Samjhota express incidents? what was their fault, what we expect from you, who don’t even respect their guesst!
    I think “sarbhajeet singh” and “kulbhushan yadav” were tourist in Pakistan! You people never accpet your fault why You give Sarbhajeet Singh a national funeral?Recommend

  • FAZ
    Aug 15, 2016 - 11:34AM

    @Komal S:
    Voting percentage in 2012 election in USA was 57%. Does this mean the rest of who did not show up were against US constitution?Recommend

  • Lalit
    Aug 15, 2016 - 12:32PM

    At last has happened what one was anticipating for a long time.In 1971 Pak parted with her eastern flank in her false pursuit of Kashmir,as India was forced to trach a lesson to the scheming western Pak.this time it will be Baluchistan which will become east Pakistan.Pakistan specializes in scoring self goal and doesn’t learn from past blunders.Recommend

  • Abhi
    Aug 15, 2016 - 12:46PM

    IAHMED@ what all the your people getting caught worldwide including in SA are they are Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Aug 15, 2016 - 1:27PM

    “You cannot term it a fight for freedom if a few misguided youth are waging militancy and involved in anti-peace activities in Balochistan.”
    Care to repeat that?Recommend

  • Farwa
    Aug 15, 2016 - 1:36PM

    Feeling sorry for indians they are completely panicked & frustrated & to release their frustration they know only one way & that is to pour out anger on social media. Just wait & see indians Pakistan is going to present living & breathing evidence #KalbushanYadav of indian terrorism in Pakistan. Kashmir freedom movement is already at it’s peak. Decision time has come in Occupied Kashmir as well. Increasing problems has made Delhi crazy everyone can feel that.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Aug 15, 2016 - 1:41PM

    Thousands of Baluchi bodies have been found. How is that not a problem?Recommend

  • Aug 15, 2016 - 3:04PM

    Neighbours don’t forget that isi broke the soviet union in 15 pcs in 89.dear neighbours khalistan will become independent Kashmir will be with Pakistan adivasis will become sovereign and naxals will achieve their goal.Indians brace yourself for another 700 years of Muslim rule:)Recommend

  • Aug 15, 2016 - 3:30PM

    India is frustrated…they have no right to talk about balochistan as it does not share a boundry with India….it should talk about Kashmir as kashmiris are raising Pakistani flags in indian occupied kashmirRecommend

  • skp
    Aug 15, 2016 - 4:15PM

    @armghan Randhawa: u shameless convertRecommend

  • Harry
    Aug 15, 2016 - 5:54PM

    Baluchistan is not Kashmir-damn right!
    Kashmiris do not aerial and heavy artillery bombing of civilians.
    Compare and contrast freedom given to Hurryat as against Bugti.Recommend

  • shafi
    Aug 15, 2016 - 11:32PM

    @Srinivasulu Mekala, LOL, Now go to sleep and do not take drugs againRecommend

  • Titan
    Aug 16, 2016 - 1:01AM

    @armghan Randhawa: Yes but then unfortunately you’ll wake up from your dream to the reality that all those things actually happened in Pakistan lol… Recommend

  • Abhijeet
    Aug 16, 2016 - 10:19AM

    Amusing to see Pakistan jump at the current unrest in Kashmir as if Kashmir would fall into their lap tomorrow. Such political immaturity has become the hallmark of Pakistan and is the main reason why it gets ignored world over.Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Aug 21, 2016 - 9:23PM

    @Rahul:

    Mahraj, what was Indian intelligence, RAW agent, Kulbushan Jadhav doing in Balochistan? Why are Indian paid Afghan agents being arrested in Bolushistan in regular bases? They are going on tourism? Recommend

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