Modi’s Balochistan reference self-incriminating: Aziz

Published: August 16, 2016
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ISLAMABAD: The Indian prime minister’s reference to Balochistan in his Independence Day speech drew a blistering rebuke from Islamabad with the country’s top foreign policy wizard saying Narendra Modi’s toxic remarks vindicated Pakistan’s stance that New Delhi is fomenting terrorism in the volatile province.

Pakistani intelligence agencies arrested an agent of India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) while crossing into Balochistan from neighbouring Iran in March this year. Kulbushan Jadhav, a senior officer of the Indian navy, confessed in a subsequent video statement that RAW was stoking unrest in Pakistan, especially in Balochistan and Karachi.

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“[Narendra] 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,” Sartaj Aziz, the prime minister adviser on foreign policy, said in a statement issued by the Foreign Office in Islamabad.

“This was also confirmed by the public confession of RAW’s active service naval officer, Kulbhushan Jadhav,” he added.

Aziz said Modi was only trying to divert world attention from the grim tragedy that has been unfolding in the Indian Kashmir over the past five weeks.  The disputed Himalayan region has been gripped by a fresh wave of unrest triggered by the killing of a popular young separatist Burhan Wani on July 8.

Indian forces clamped a curfew in the disputed valley and unleashed brute force to quell the uprising, killing dozens and injuring thousands of innocent Kashmiris. However, they have failed to dent the resolve of the Kashmiri people.

“Thousands of unarmed youth are protesting every day for their right to 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. “These events have nothing to do with terrorism. It is an indigenous movement for self-determination, a right promised to the Kashmiris by the UN Security Council.”

Aziz also strongly contested Modi’s assertion equating Azad Kashmir situation with the Indian controlled part. “At this time, the contrast between the Indian Occupied Kashmir and the Azad Jammu and Kashmir could not be starker.”

The foreign policy adviser said India was a large country, in fact the second largest in the world, but a large country did not automatically become a great country, especially when it unleashed such brute force against innocent citizens to suppress their right to protest or when it deliberately used pallet guns to permanently destroy the eyesight of over 100 young Kashmiris.

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“India should recognise that the core issue of Kashmir cannot be resolved by bullets. It requires a political solution, through serious negotiations between India and Pakistan.”

In a related development, Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry called in India’s high commissioner Monday afternoon and handed him a letter addressed to his Indian counterpart, inviting him to visit Pakistan for talks on the Kashmir dispute that “has been the main bone of contention between India and Pakistan”.

“The letter highlights the international obligation of both the countries, India and Pakistan, to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions,” said a Foreign Office statement. But Pakistan’s move is unlikely to get a positive response from the neighbour as India has already made it clear that no talks could take place unless Islamabad addressed its concerns on terrorism.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Aug 16, 2016 - 9:22AM

    Such a fool to interfere in other people business when he cant manage his own country.Recommend

  • Another Indian
    Aug 16, 2016 - 9:31AM

    And?Recommend

  • Hameed
    Aug 16, 2016 - 9:39AM

    Modi’s Balochistan reference self-incriminating: Aziz

    Only if you are too old to have any reasoning. Complaining of human rights violations does not make anyone responsible for the violations.Recommend

  • Aug 16, 2016 - 9:55AM

    Balochistan is not a disputed territory and hence India has absolutely no authority or rationale to talk abt it in any way. There are no UN resolutions, no hundreds of thousands of Baloch youth on the streets of Quetta asking for freedom. There is no curfew in Quetta with internet and mobile services suspended and Pak Army is not killing people on the streets. Balochistan has a law and order situation that the entire country is facing including Karachi, Interior Sindh, South Punjab and Tribal Areas. So if you are a thick headed self proclaimed pseudo humanitarian champion Pakistani and you cant understand these facts and dare equate in any way Indian Held Kashmir and BalochistanRecommend

  • shafi
    Aug 16, 2016 - 10:21AM

    its reflection of internal coal that is burning inside Modi heart due to its continuous failure to blackmai pak on balochistan vs kashmir, Modi forget onething whether pak support or do not support kashmir, its people of kashmir that keep kashmir freedom cause a live and cannot be suppressed by massive force. recent killing of 60 people is true example.Recommend

  • Anonymouse
    Aug 16, 2016 - 11:01AM

    Going by this logic “Modi’s Balochistan reference self-incriminating: Aziz”, “Nawaz Sharif and entire Pakistan Army refers to Kashmir in every other statement”. Does that qualify as self incrimination?Recommend

  • AD
    Aug 16, 2016 - 11:37AM

    @Osama:
    Balochistan is an occupied territory. India will provide “moral” support for Baloch activists. Modi has rightfully taken up their case. Recommend

  • dave
    Aug 16, 2016 - 12:25PM

    Modi Ji is correct to highlight Baluchistan issue. Since who’s who in Pakistan divert their massive failures to India. A country with no accountability to its people.Recommend

  • Srinivasulu Mekala
    Aug 16, 2016 - 1:44PM

    India is not in a hurry. This is just a beginning. Wait and see. As for incriminating India, I do not know about the past, but now on every Indian will openly be involved in the liberation of Baluchistan. Go and shout from the roof tops, at UNO and with China; nobody would listen to you. We do not care. Recommend

  • Aug 16, 2016 - 2:10PM

    @AD:
    Haha occupied territory? You have got wrong definitions in your mind. Get your facts right! Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Aug 16, 2016 - 2:14PM

    @dave: Alright sure Manipure,Assam, etc. are next. Lol.Recommend

  • whatever
    Aug 16, 2016 - 2:49PM

    @Asad: go through the history your delusion will go away. Durand line was never accepted by Afghanistan. Don’t poke your nose in others business else you will get a bleeding face.Recommend

  • Abdur Rahman
    Aug 16, 2016 - 3:37PM

    “…but a large country did not automatically become a great country…”

    Well said.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Aug 16, 2016 - 4:28PM

    @Osama:

    Balochistan is not a disputed territory

    It is! With thousands of bodies being recovered it is disputed. If it’s not disputed then get out of there and let Baluchis speaks up and let them decide their fate, and fate of their resources and land.Recommend

  • Sameer
    Aug 16, 2016 - 4:48PM

    Pakistan was accusing India for interfering in balochistan at the drop of the hat, India has decided now like, ok then, since you are accusing us whether we are doing it or not, we will do it now.Recommend

  • Haramullah
    Aug 16, 2016 - 4:59PM

    Whatever Modi said, he said after proper home work. He never says anything for the sake of saying. So be careful in dealing with him.Recommend

  • Hashaam
    Aug 16, 2016 - 5:11PM

    @Srinivasulu Mekala: As if anyone actually cares what India has to say. Get of your high horse and ground yourself in reality, these are just empty word coming from your Prime Minister in a cheap and pathetic attempt to level the playing field.Recommend

  • Aug 16, 2016 - 5:13PM

    What kind of a twisted logic is this?

    Mention of a Human Rights issue = cause of it?

    Does this mean Kashmir unrest is Pakistan’s fault?Recommend

  • Arman Baloch
    Aug 16, 2016 - 5:50PM

    There is no option except Kashmir will be Part of Pakistan by UN resolution or by Force we will Take Kashmir back … InshAllah Day is near When Occupied area of Khalistan,Kashmir,Assaam,Seven Sisters and Dalit state will be Free from Miniority Brahman State Called ENDia(India), We Baloch Love Our Country Pakistan, Get lost you Palit Hindu. Recommend

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