Modi’s Balochistan reference ruined Indian stance on AJK: Salman Khurshid

Published: August 16, 2016
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A file photo of Salman Khurshid. PHOTO: AFP

A file photo of Salman Khurshid. PHOTO: AFP

Former Indian External Affairs minister Salman Khurshid has criticised Indian Prime Minister for making a reference of ‘atrocities’ in Balochistan in his Independence Day address.

In his annual speech to the nation on Monday, Narendra Modi accused Pakistan of committing human rights violations in Balochistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Last week, Modi had accused Pakistan of fomenting trouble in held Kashmir, warning that it would have to answer for ‘rights violations’ in Balochistan and Azad Kashmir.

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“Is Balochistan a part of India? Doesn’t India believe in Panchsheel? Is it not a departure from that,” the Congressman asked in an interview hours after Modi’s speech.

“By raising Balochistan, he said, the government is ruining its case on Azad Kashmir,” he added.

The Panchsheel is referred in India as Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, forming the virtues of the relationship between the former and the People’s Republic of China.

“We do this in private conversations… between diplomats and leaders… and convey our concerns. We don’t make these pronouncements as policy pronouncements,” Khurshid maintained.

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The former foreign minister went on to add that no Indian premier had spoken about Balochistan from the ramparts of the Red Fort, warning there will be a fallout of the act.

However, the Congressman’s own Indian National Congress termed Khurshid’s stance his personal opinion, asserting that India should raise the ‘atrocities’ not just with Pakistan but also in the internationally.

Indian premier’s reference of Balochistan drew a blistering rebuke from PM Nawaz Sharif’s adviser on foreign policy on Monday who termed it a proof that New Delhi was fomenting terrorism in the volatile province.

Intelligence agencies arrested Kulbushan Jadhav, an agent of Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) while crossing into Balochistan from neighbouring Iran in March this year.

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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.

The two nuclear-armed arch-rivals have been involved in a tense war of words on Indian atrocities in held Kashmir following the recent killing of a popular rebel Burhan Wani.

The situation has been deteriorating ever since as more than 60 unarmed protesters have been killed in the held valley at the hands of Indian security forces, also by indiscriminate use of pellet guns.

With input from The Indian Express

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Reader Comments (20)

  • Ravi..The Sun
    Aug 16, 2016 - 7:03PM

    This guy is pending corruption cases against him during UPA rule Recommend

  • Hameed
    Aug 16, 2016 - 7:22PM

    Nonsense. This guy is a fifth columnist.Recommend

  • AD
    Aug 16, 2016 - 7:29PM

    For your information, Khurshid belongs to Congress party and Congress has dismissed his statement as his personal opinion. Congress stand on Balochistan is same as that of government’s which reflects public opinion. Recommend

  • سے Shaam (Hanafi)
    Aug 16, 2016 - 7:42PM

    The party he belongs to Congress has disowned his comments about Modi’s speech. Read, Surjewala’s (congress spokesperson’s) press briefing.Looks like both ruling and opposition are on the same page in India, as far as Balochistan is concerned…Recommend

  • Sunil
    Aug 16, 2016 - 8:19PM

    Salman, you need to migrate to Pakistan. Congress Party is backing Modi.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Aug 16, 2016 - 8:24PM

    Congress party has already rejected his opinions as personal opinion not a party stand as Congress has voiced supported to pm modi on Kashmir and Baluchistan.Recommend

  • rajan
    Aug 16, 2016 - 8:46PM

    Dear Salmanji
    Is it appropriate for Pakistan to Support terrorist Burhan Wani and mourn his death in islamabad. Can Pakistan interfere and instigate violence in Kashmir and precious lives are lost. Panchasheel foriegn policy is an outdated and obsolete created during the cold war era now there is no superpower and lot has changed.Recommend

  • HZR
    Aug 16, 2016 - 9:58PM

    A suicide bomber in Pakistan killed 70 people last week, many of them lawyers, who had come to a hospital to mourn the death of a colleague. ISIS and a local Taliban faction both claimed credit for the attack in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, the scene of a longtime separatist rebellion. …..The Baloch have been mounting an insurgency against the Pakistani state for several decades.Quote from *the Atlantic magazine of USA*Recommend

  • vinsin
    Aug 16, 2016 - 10:38PM

    Salman Khurshid half the family members and relatives stay in Pakistan. He owns property both in India and Pakistan. He and his ancestors have looted close to Rs 2000-4000 crores of Dalits. Panchsheel agreement was signed with China not Pakistan. According to Panchsheel, Arunachal Pradesh is part of China, so has congress gifted that to China.Recommend

  • Happy
    Aug 17, 2016 - 12:13AM

    No problem, more of these kind Modi sarkar. Keep shooting with your mouth into your foot. We love it when Indians lose their head.Recommend

  • Buzzkill
    Aug 17, 2016 - 12:20AM

    Panchsheel policy is as obsolete is Nehru’s socialist policies of the 50s. This is 2016 & India needs to hurt the enemy where it hurts. If they interfere in our internal affairs, we reserve the right to slice & dice them like we have before. Recommend

  • Hypocrite
    Aug 17, 2016 - 2:26AM

    Even China is complaining and asking India not to spoil the atmosphere between the two countries and to reign in its hostile media just last night. Anybody listening?@vinsin: Recommend

  • Hassan Shah
    Aug 17, 2016 - 2:55AM

    A sane voice among absolute morons in Indian ranksRecommend

  • Dipak
    Aug 17, 2016 - 2:56AM

    This guy Salman Khurshid is from Corrupt Sonia Gandhi’s Corrupt Congress Party. He made lots of money from the Italian Mafia Kamvali. He is also a Grand Son of a former President of India. He stole most money out of his grand father’s fund that was created for poor Indian Muslim Kids. Steal Steal and Steal, this guy Will make 10% Zardari as the most honest person of Pakistan. Nobody in India listens to him.Recommend

  • Dipak
    Aug 17, 2016 - 4:10AM

    Dipak@Hassan Shah: See my comment below your stupid comment.Recommend

  • IndianDude
    Aug 17, 2016 - 4:33AM

    Allow me to put importance of salman khurshid’s statement in context that pakistani posters can understand . Salman khurshid’s words have less weight or credibility than even Sartaj Aziz. I hope that’s clear.Recommend

  • Najiss
    Aug 17, 2016 - 5:31AM

    Indian PM Modi has remarked that he is ready to Punch Sheel of Pakistan to have permanent peace in South Asia.Recommend

  • Shakti
    Aug 17, 2016 - 5:39AM

    Mr.Khurshid, it is time for an all-out move. India has been playing soft ball for 70 years. It is now time to fix this thing one way or another.Recommend

  • dave
    Aug 17, 2016 - 7:55AM

    Yesterday for the first time, China’s state-run Global Times mentioned PoK twice in its article instead of rather than its usual Pakistan-Administered-Kashmir.Recommend

  • K B Kale
    Sep 6, 2016 - 7:51AM

    This “ultra-patriotic” Indian should be forced to migrate to Pakistan along with another “ultra-patriotic” Indian Mani Shankar Iyer so that they can do this type of ‘business’ without the knowledge of normal (not “ultra”) patriotic Indians like me. Salman Khurshid should choose his entourage of other like-minded “ultra-patriotic” Indians!Recommend

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