Indian PM assails Pakistan in Independence Day address

Published: August 15, 2016
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Modi criticised people in Pakistan for celebrating when what he called terrorist attacks were launched on Indian soil PHOTO: REUTERS

Modi criticised people in Pakistan for celebrating when what he called terrorist attacks were launched on Indian soil PHOTO: REUTERS

In his annual Independence Day address to the nation, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused Pakistan of committing human rights violations in Balochistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

The Indian premier said people of the areas had thanked him for drawing attention to their troubles, according to NDTV. Last week, Modi had accused Pakistan of fomenting trouble in Indian-occupied Kashmir  and had warned Pakistan that it would have to answer for rights violations in Balochistan and Azad Kashmir.

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During his speech, he also criticised people in Pakistan for rejoicing when what he called terrorist attacks were launched on Indian soil. “They glorify terrorists who attack us,” he said, recalling that India “cried with sorrow” when nearly 130 children were killed in a ruthless massacre by Taliban in Peshawar two years ago.

Avoiding any direct mention of the month-long protests in Indian-held Kashmir, Modi criticised Pakistan for its support of ‘terrorism’. “What kind of life is this, inspired by terrorism? What kind of government setup is it that is inspired by terrorism? The world will know about it and that’s sufficient for me.”

As Modi delivered his speech in New Delhi, two armed militants attacked a police station in Indian-held Kashmir on Monday, police said. The gunmen were unable to take control of the police station in the old city of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-held Kashmir, but did wound six police reservists in the attack.

Pakistan to account for violations in Balochistan: Modi

Operations were continuing against the attackers, who were holed up in a nearby building, police said. No further details were immediately available and there was no claim of responsibility.

Separately, the Indian Army said it had foiled an attempt to infiltrate two militants from Pakistan into India. The two men were killed in the Uri sector of the de facto border between the neighboring countries in North Kashmir.

Kashmir has witnessed violent protests since the July 8 killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani with 54 people killed and several thousand wounded in clashes with security forces.

Modi is trying to divert world’s attention from Kashmir: Aziz

Meanwhile, responding to Modi’s Independence Day speech, Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said the Indian premier was trying to divert world’s attention from Indian atrocities in the occupied Kashmir.

“Thousands of unarmed youth are protesting every day for their right of self-determination. More than 70 innocent Kashmiris have been killed and more than 6000 injured. There is constant curfew and complete media blackout for the past 37 days,” Aziz said in a statement.

“Prime Minister Modi’s reference to Balochistan, which is an integral part of Pakistan, only proves Pakistan’s contention that India through its main intelligence agency RAW, has been fomenting terrorism in Balochistan,” the adviser added.

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  • سے Shaam (Hanafi)
    Aug 15, 2016 - 11:01AM

    Very nice and apt response to Pakistan’s independence speech against India. Bravo Modi!!Recommend

  • AD
    Aug 15, 2016 - 11:09AM

    Hit them where it hurts. Way to go Modi.Recommend

  • AD
    Aug 15, 2016 - 11:10AM

    India has just pressed the button of 1971 part 2.Recommend

  • Romm
    Aug 15, 2016 - 11:13AM

    No comments means
    We are not Bothered.. Recommend

  • karar
    Aug 15, 2016 - 11:22AM

    what the news is not talking, is about PM’s invocations about poverty and integration with SAARC nations. And his willingness to solve border problems.Recommend

  • Aug 15, 2016 - 11:22AM

    Happy Independence Day to Pakistanis and Indians. Amen.
    What’s your problem Mr. Modi??? Your adventures against us will only be fruitless and futile ending in exasperation for both of us and larger Indian casualties. So wake up and start making peace. Have a pleasant independence. Recommend

  • rajesh
    Aug 15, 2016 - 11:28AM

    Great going Mr. Modi, Tit for Tat, hit them hard where it hurt the mostRecommend

  • FAZ
    Aug 15, 2016 - 11:28AM

    One word for Modi gee from Pakistan
    LoL’sRecommend

  • Genesis
    Aug 15, 2016 - 11:38AM

    “We the people of Balochistan, Pakistan and PoK thank you (PM Modi) for your support,” news agency ANI reported World Baloch Women’s Forum president Naela Qadri Baloch as saying in an interview. “We the people of Balochistan are suffering. We hope that you (PM Modi) raise this issue in the UN session in September,” she continued in her message to PM Modi.Recommend

  • Secular Indian
    Aug 15, 2016 - 11:43AM

    Such verbal posturing will be efefctive only if this followed up by matching action. otherwise it will be one more U turn in basket of U truns of modi. all modi supporters appears to be carrying sense of bloated chest. Time will tell this tactical show.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 15, 2016 - 11:44AM

    If someone had just said ‘tea’, Modi would have stopped his speech and run to the kitchen. Recommend

  • Waqas
    Aug 15, 2016 - 11:45AM

    You always clap from both hands!
    Glorifying such statements might add political value to individuals but this hate breed is harming both nations. India and Pakistan both needs to step up for peace. Stop this war! A lot of innocent lives have already been lost. What more you guys want?Recommend

  • Waqar
    Aug 15, 2016 - 11:48AM

    @AD:
    Yes, that’s y india showed JF17 in independence day AD.Recommend

  • CREW
    Aug 15, 2016 - 11:49AM

    @AD hahaha you guys so insecure just like your PM.Recommend

  • NAVIK
    Aug 15, 2016 - 11:49AM

    This is called offensive defense, Ajit Davol has warned Pakistan many times about incitement of violence in India can lead Pakistan to lose Baluchistan. Way to go…Recommend

  • Chacha Jee
    Aug 15, 2016 - 12:00PM

    Go Modi Go. 1.05 billion Indians – 200 millions Pakistani muslim in india listened to you. Get Bulochistan which never acceded to Pakistan high lighted all over world and UNO. An Independent Bulochistan is in interest of peace for whole world. Pakistan basically means Punjab.. Let lose Indian diplomatic onslaught and indian despora along with Bulochi freedom fighters.Recommend

  • Aug 15, 2016 - 12:09PM

    the real game started now onwards which are due since 1947 thanks modi.Recommend

  • Srinivasulu Mekala
    Aug 15, 2016 - 12:16PM

    I must profusely thank the Pakistani PM and the Pakistani High Commissioner to India for giving us the right and opportunity to liberate Sindh and Baluchistan. Indian Juggernaut has just been set in motion thankfully by Pakistan. Baluch and Sindh brothers, rest assured, now no power on earth can stop your liberation. You may start forming your cabinet and keep your constitution written and ready. Dear Afghan brothers, take our promise here, we will reunify KP & FATA with you. This day I will never forget in my life, nor will anyone in the subcontinent. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 15, 2016 - 12:23PM

    He is too transparent…….needs to learn from Indira Gandhi.Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Aug 15, 2016 - 12:36PM

    I’ll leave the hypocrisy aside because that is pretty obvious, what really surprises me is the sheer amount of anti-Pakistan paranoia that’s surrounding Modi, I mean people normally talk about their country on it’s independence day but launch an ironic verbal attack on Pakistan on such an important day? Modi is panicking!Recommend

  • balochi
    Aug 15, 2016 - 12:45PM

    Chacha Jee…. I am balochi and a proud Pakistani as well….we do have some issues but not with Pakistan we are suffering because of our own sardars but after long time because of mature govt and Army we are now progressing and there is still a light of hope….Balochistan was…is and will always be part of Pakistan…Recommend

  • boom
    Aug 15, 2016 - 12:45PM

    L O L. noone in pakistan cares what modi has to say. We are proud Pakistanis and extremely happy for getting rid of the Hindu Idealogy that India has. :)Recommend

  • M. Emad
    Aug 15, 2016 - 12:46PM

    Baloch people had high regards for Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.Recommend

  • samir
    Aug 15, 2016 - 12:47PM

    Modi has lost his senses.. and so has India?Recommend

  • Shah khan
    Aug 15, 2016 - 12:57PM

    Have you ever seen the slums around your big cities and the life of people there? Go and think about that people which are living their lives below poverty line.Recommend

  • Balouchi
    Aug 15, 2016 - 1:03PM

    To all the Indians gloating over modi comments, we have issues with our feudal system and not the Army. Unfortunately the feudal system was not abolished after independence. So my response to all the haters in India is… happy independence day and take a chill pill Recommend

  • point
    Aug 15, 2016 - 1:20PM

    First you tried on us Pushtons of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and failed miserably. I always hated Pakistan but when you people started interfering. The one fact we realized that you want to break us by dividing. You damaged Bangladesh after dividing it. This is when we rejected and formed a stronger Pakistan through Pashtuns of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Now you are trying the same old failed tactics in Baluchistan but will again fail miserably.

    Just to tell you. Major tribes of Balochistan are in Government with major posts. You need to buy them which won’t happen ever. Try out to give ruling power to the main force in Kashmir for once! you won’t even do that Mr. Recommend

  • Shelendra
    Aug 15, 2016 - 1:32PM

    There are factual mistakes in this report:
    PM did not use Aajad Kashmir. When you report use the actual words said.
    There is nothing called Indian held Kashmir- you can use Indian administrated jammu & Kashmir as it is referred in UNO.
    You referred to boarder as Pakistan boarder. It is wrong it is line of control not the Pakistan boarder.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 15, 2016 - 1:36PM

    @Genesis:
    hahahhaa…..As if the world does not know what India is doing in Balochistan?! Loser. Recommend

  • Zen
    Aug 15, 2016 - 1:43PM

    It will be music to the ears of USA and Great Britain who initially stared it.Recommend

  • dave
    Aug 15, 2016 - 1:56PM

    @Shah khan:
    Did you know the largest slum in the world is Orangi, Karachi, Pakistan. Want to say anything else on India?Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 15, 2016 - 1:58PM

    @NAVIK:
    Dream on…Recommend

  • Arshad
    Aug 15, 2016 - 2:02PM

    Modi has in a way threatened Pakistan & challenge our integrity. This is not a time to be silent. A clear cut message must go to him that strong response of an eye for eye will be given. Both-verbally & as future action. Let there be no mistake.Recommend

  • RAIS AKBAR
    Aug 15, 2016 - 2:16PM

    Mr. Modi, please concentrate on India, it’s poverty, rapes and other evils. Once u accomplish those tasks than u may advice other countries. Stop poking in other countries affairs which is on record when u and your ministers have accepted that they disintegrated Pakistan in 1971 war. Please don’t show any pain for Balochistan or Azad Kashmir till u start respecting humans. Indian Gujrat massacre is also tagged with your name, those killed by u were Indians. What a double face?Recommend

  • Khan
    Aug 15, 2016 - 2:54PM

    @dave

    The largest slum in the world is Naza-Chalco-Itza in Mexico. Obsession with Pakistan has a cancerous effect on your Google search. You tend to look for topics that appease you rather than those categorized by Google’s algorithms. A logical Indian is an oxymoron.Recommend

  • Linganagouda
    Aug 15, 2016 - 3:03PM

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

  • Hameed
    Aug 15, 2016 - 3:23PM

    @Pakistani:

    hahahhaa…..As if the world does not know what India is doing in Balochistan?! Loser.

    The world does not know what India is doing in Balochistan, because you have never provided any evidence. Even Sartaj Aziz admitted to this in Senate CommitteeRecommend

  • Hameed
    Aug 15, 2016 - 3:25PM

    Interestingly no response from Pakistan govt; seems they do not want the issue of Baluchistan highlighted.Recommend

  • RAIS AKBAR
    Aug 15, 2016 - 3:31PM

    @Linganagouda:
    You and your hate will ultimately destroy u.Recommend

  • dave
    Aug 15, 2016 - 3:54PM

    @Khan:
    Typo mistake. It is the largest in Asia. Instead of calling us oxymoron and to appease ourselves, see what @Shah Khan has commented. Call Pakistanis oxymoron.Recommend

  • Bad wolf
    Aug 15, 2016 - 5:12PM

    Delusional, jingoistic address, lacking maturity. Is this how India wants to be seen post progress economically?Recommend

  • divergence
    Aug 15, 2016 - 5:19PM

    Mr.Modi do Muslims of Gujarat also thank you for killing them? We are not bothered by giddar bhagti of nation of sex workers, who call us beggars. These hindu nationalists fail to realize that Modi is just trying to save his skin, because he can not announce publicly that he failed in controlling Indian held kashmir.Recommend

  • Aug 15, 2016 - 5:26PM

    @rajesh:
    Seems like Modi is already hurt :)Recommend

  • Javed
    Aug 15, 2016 - 5:29PM

    Mr. Modi
    What do you say for following Separatist movements with-in India Tripuri nationalism, Khalistan Movement, Jammu and Kashmir, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

    All above are asking for Independence, so he should give them one rather blaming on others. They have send tons of messages to whole world but there is no response. Isnt it? Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 15, 2016 - 5:57PM

    @Hameed:
    Indians have been given enough evidences besides Kulbhushan Yadav was just there on holiday.Recommend

  • SNKN
    Aug 15, 2016 - 6:03PM

    We Balochis are proud Pakistanis… Do not be mistaken… We are proud of the actions taken in Balochistan by our govt to clean up fringe elements.. Baluchistan is not happy with its Sardars.. That’s that… Modi and you Indians can cook up an issue which is minor .. Very minor … Compared to what India is facing… Get real and face the Kashmiris .. The Assamese.. Punjabis… And all the suppressed minorities in India including Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and your own Dalits etc etc…..

    Modi is making a fool of himself and he makes you all in India look equally foolishRecommend

  • Romm
    Aug 15, 2016 - 6:36PM

    All my Indian friends, please read Salman Khurshid’s statement regarding Modi’s diplomatic adventure over Balochistan…
    Cool Down and Relax please…. Recommend

  • SNKN
    Aug 15, 2016 - 8:15PM

    Modi represents a religion which institutionalizes inequality… between its own followers… Which in 21st century is not acceptable!!!! It closes door for millions of Indians to never be able to move out of degradation… I talk of Sudras… Dalits!

    How will Modi ever accept people from other religions …. Muslims, Sikhs, Christians …

    It’s a farce… The world is not blind Recommend

  • Hameed
    Aug 15, 2016 - 9:25PM

    @SNKN:

    Modi represents a religion which institutionalizes inequality

    Let’s not go there. Don’t forget Khatm e Nabuwat. This is state persecution.Recommend

  • Humanist
    Aug 15, 2016 - 9:46PM

    They should work on building more toilets for their population. For Christ’s sake, half of their population defecates in public. They treat their own population like animals. Recommend

  • Saeed Masood
    Aug 15, 2016 - 9:51PM

    If you go to Google search you will Modi’s name in the top ten criminals of the world…Recommend

  • bhaskar chakrabartry
    Aug 15, 2016 - 10:55PM

    @balochi:
    one of two balochi’s statement about Balochistan is not countable. Most/maximum Baloch people want immediate self-determination of their fate, which Pakistani Govt. has been suppressing more than 70 years.Recommend

  • Big mouth
    Aug 15, 2016 - 11:28PM

    He made a fool of himself by talking nonsense on his Independence Day. Lagay raho Modi sarkar, it suits you.Recommend

  • Big speak
    Aug 15, 2016 - 11:33PM

    Didn’t Brahamdagh Bugti and Harabyar Marri thanked Modi? Do you know who these people are, ignorant people of India?.@Genesis: Recommend

  • Meer
    Aug 15, 2016 - 11:57PM

    When Modi speaks, Pakistanis loose their minds and start ranting on Gujrat, toilets, and rape. Modi was talking abt baluchistan where 70 people were killed last week. Do you remember them Pakistanis?Recommend

  • Fi
    Aug 16, 2016 - 2:40AM

    Yes, very clearly. 70 people killed in a siucide bombing which was later claimed by IS, TTP and HT. Everyone knows on whose payroll these organisations are. Koi shak!@Meer: Recommend

  • XoF
    Aug 16, 2016 - 3:43AM

    A stupid person..with lame stupid comments..living it stupid fantasies..and stupid supporters beliving to he that he is hitting us where it hurts..well he is hitting us where it currently giggles us currently. Grow up bunch of desparates.Recommend

  • dave
    Aug 16, 2016 - 6:45AM

    @XoF:
    We Indians believe in our PM. Can you say the same for your PM. That is the reality of your delusion. Stop meddling in other countries and stop being terrorists. You have done a lot of damage to the world and will shortly pay for terrorism. We too will start giggling then.Recommend

  • Aug 16, 2016 - 8:02AM

    @rajesh: are u out of ur mind? Looks like!Recommend

  • Rizi
    Aug 16, 2016 - 9:34AM

    Its a political statement by Modi, he said what Indian(most of) public wanted to hear. Its true that because of corruption and mismanagement of successive Pakistani governments made the people of smaller provinces discontent but saying that count down has started for Pakistan because India wants it is a long shot. The day Pakistani’s start managing themselves better will be the day these things will fizzle out. Beside all that one key point Indians are missing is that in Indian Kashmir the freedom movement is mostly run by the civilians and its a majority of such civilians, where as in Baluchistan its a small faction(though considerable) of militants which are running it. Recommend

  • Aug 16, 2016 - 2:21PM

    @dave:
    Giggle for your PM who is a mass murderer!Recommend

  • RAIS AKBAR
    Aug 16, 2016 - 2:36PM

    All fans of Mr. Modi, please Google “Top 10 criminals of the world” and enjoy Modi as one in the list.Recommend

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