Anti-India protests erupt in Balochistan

Published: August 19, 2016
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Protesters stage a rally in Chaman against Indian premier’s remarks on Balochistan. PHOTO: INP

Protesters stage a rally in Chaman against Indian premier’s remarks on Balochistan. PHOTO: INP

QUETTA: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent statement on Balochistan has sparked furious protests across the province with Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri accusing New Delhi of stoking terrorism in the volatile region.

On Thursday, civil society activists and different political organisations staged rallies in Dera Bugti, Lasbela, Naushki, Chaghai, Khuzdar, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Kohlu, Dera Allahyar, Dadhar, Sibi and Bolan among other cities of Balochistan.

Modi ‘crossed the red line’ when he mentioned Balochistan: Foreign Office

The protesters marched through the streets, condemning the Indian premier’s Independence Day diatribe against Pakistan, in which he claimed that the people of Balochistan and Azad Kashmir had thanked him for talking about them.

In Quetta, the Pakistan Workers Party workers took out a procession and marched through different roads before ending the protest in front of the Quetta Press Club.

The protesters also set fire to Indian flags to express their anger and shouted slogans against the Indian prime minister while demanding the federal government take up the issue on international forums.

Balochistan CM Zehri said the demonstrations and rallies were evidence that Balochistan’s people did not like whatever Modi had said about the province.

“The Baloch are protesting against Indian prime minister’s statement while people in Kashmir are protesting against the policies of India [as well],” he said. “Protests are taking place in Kashmir despite the imposition of curfew.”

Zehri said the Kashmir and Balochistan issues were entirely different as people of his province were in favour of Pakistan while people in Kashmir were resisting state-sponsored oppression.

He also castigated Brahamdagh Bugti, the self-exiled head of the banned Baloch Republican Party (BRP), for thanking Modi for taking up the issue of Balochistan.

Calling him a traitor, Zehri said Brahamdagh should have thought about the friends of his grandfather Nawab Akbar Bugti who had sacrificed for this country. “By saluting Modi, Brahamdagh has proved that he is a traitor,” Zehri told the media. “He saluted the man who is responsible for bloodshed in Balochistan.”

“Thousands of people resort to protest in Kashmir, but here, Brahamdagh or anyone who supports Indian intervention, cannot manage to assemble 50 people,” he added.

The CM said he had pointed out India’s support to terrorists in Balochistan earlier but no one had paid attention back then. The home minister, he said, had publicly announced the arrest of four terrorists who had confessed the Indian government was providing them financial assistance.

Balochistan terms Modi’s remarks confession of Indian meddling in province

“I have the evidence of RAW’s involvement in Balochistan, and whatever I say is based on evidence we have. RAW is providing training to the terrorists in Balochistan,” he continued,” and Brahamdagh wants to make us a slave of India which is not possible.”

Meanwhile, Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said the people of Balochistan had given a clear message to the Indian prime minister that he should think before making any statements about them.

While addressing a conference at Quetta Law College, he also seconded Zehri that India was behind the unrest in Balochistan.

The home minister said the politics of Brahamdagh was restricted to Facebook and he did not enjoy any support in Balochistan. “Brahamdagh has lost support even in Dera Bugti as the people took to the streets to condemn the statement of Modi,” he said.

“This is Balochistan where the people are patriotic and will go after every terrorist who wants to create problems,” Sarfaraz said. “This is not Bangladesh.”

Published in The Express Tribune, August 19th, 2016.

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  • wiserneighbour
    Aug 19, 2016 - 8:55AM

    Modi hit the bulls eye.Wow!Recommend

  • zoro
    Aug 19, 2016 - 9:19AM

    LOL … All newspapers have different pictures … One shows with FEW people other shows loooong processions … Hmmm … point to ponder ..Recommend

  • Unknown
    Aug 19, 2016 - 9:33AM

    On your face Modi and Indian trolls. In Baluchistan, protests are in favor of Pakistan and in Kashmir protests are against India. India has hit herself hard in the foot Recommend

  • Rehmat Ali
    Aug 19, 2016 - 9:36AM

    Where are poor Baloch people? Who no own any vehicle and money to buy flag of Pakistan.
    In the picture clearly seen 100% Pushtu people. When there will be fair justice,merit and end of feudal political system,education for all,Health facilities for all,proper border management system then can be seen all walk of people on the roads for national cause.Recommend

  • Unknwon
    Aug 19, 2016 - 9:39AM

    @Zoro: Your Indian Media showed A Bollywood Movie Scene on Balochistan Issue What About That? Indians Living in their Fantasy World As Usual. Balochistan Showed Modi He Has Hitten a Axe on his Own Foot. Thanks Modi Now We’ll Make You Pay. Assam Khalistan Etc.Recommend

  • Unknwon
    Aug 19, 2016 - 9:42AM

    @Zoro And Didnt You Read Various Cities? Its not only in 1 city where Protests are going on in Every city against your Modi so Pics will be different Use your Brain. At Least we dont show Scenes of Bollywood movies on MediaRecommend

  • Pankaj
    Aug 19, 2016 - 9:58AM

    According to another Pakistani newspaper 71% people in Balochistan lives under poverty line while the photo shows 100s of cars in protest rally. This is good to keep local public happy but international community use their mind before believing anything. Good luck with false propaganda.Recommend

  • Imran
    Aug 19, 2016 - 10:05AM

    Show me one such protest in favor of India in Indian Occupied Kashmir …. Indians Anyone?Recommend

  • ABCD
    Aug 19, 2016 - 10:10AM

    More cars and low protesters means Balochistan is so prosperous? Time has now come to send back these car owners to Punjab, that is what Balochi people want. Recommend

  • Taxzu
    Aug 19, 2016 - 10:14AM

    @Zoro
    Well they have been taken from different cities. One has to understand that baluchistan is not like most south asian territory. It is biggest province by area but the population is almost half of karachi. So naturally its scattered and therefore you will see big procession in some cities and small ones in some. Recommend

  • whatever
    Aug 19, 2016 - 10:16AM

    thanks Modi to bring Baluchistan a front page news headlines in Pakistani media. it seems deja-vu of 1971. Pakistan can keep sweeping under the carpet but it can’t doze off the fire which is burning slowly slowly. East Pakistan too was a part of Pakistan but today world knows it as Bangladesh. Recommend

  • ajeet
    Aug 19, 2016 - 10:34AM

    When the deep state feels the need to orchestrate such drama with Punjabi protestors, it means they are scared.Recommend

  • Shaukat ali
    Aug 19, 2016 - 10:35AM

    Try to divert attention from your murder and rape of kashmir people by bringing balochistan in the picture. Haha haha losers got a befitting reply.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Aug 19, 2016 - 10:44AM

    India and USA have common interests and they both would support Baluchistan freedom movement. Pakistan and China are on the other side to oppress Baluch and give away their land, Gwadar port and mineral resources to China and exploit the Baluch. As soon as Baluchistan becomes independent, USA and India will make huge investments that will usher Baluch to prosperity and peach that they have never seen. It will also bring peace to Afghanistan because Pakistan sponsored terrorists will be wiped out or driven away. Time for Baluch to join the side that is sure to win. Importantly, China will not come out in the open to support Pakistan in any international forum but will stop at issuing some vague statements. Reason is that China also will not want to make Baluch freedom fighters their enemy. US is never going to forget Osama, Haqqanis, Hafiz Saeed, Dr. Afridi, etc. The first order of the next US administration will be to pass a resolution in US Congress recognizing the Baluch Freedom Fighters and their freedom struggle. This will make a huge difference.Recommend

  • Mohammed Wani
    Aug 19, 2016 - 10:57AM

    Excellent. first phase of Modi’s plan is already implemented and functioning.Recommend

  • Pakistan-Khi
    Aug 19, 2016 - 11:18AM

    Modi got traped into by his own speech, this is called MODIfried, a general knowledge for some of our Neighbouring country fellow :)Recommend

  • M. Emad
    Aug 19, 2016 - 11:40AM

    According to Bangladesh Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu: Bangladesh will soon declare its ‘Balochistan Policy’.Recommend

  • Anon
    Aug 19, 2016 - 12:02PM

    Same thing happened in East Pakistan in 1971. We all know what happened next.Recommend

  • zoro
    Aug 19, 2016 - 12:27PM

    @Unknwon:
    Well time will tell …
    The game has just begun …
    History is the evidence … so wait and watch this space …Recommend

  • @iamomar
    Aug 19, 2016 - 12:31PM

    Great Balochistan Great!!!
    We salute our baloch brothers coz they stand with us on this critical situation when PAKISTAN’S enemy wants to scatter our people. But we need to stand together by joing shouldersRecommend

  • Omar
    Aug 19, 2016 - 12:32PM

    Great Balochistan Great!!!
    We salute our baloch brothers coz they stand with us on this critical situation when PAKISTAN’S enemy wants to scatter our people. But we need to stand together by joing shouldersRecommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 19, 2016 - 12:33PM

    @wiserneighbour:
    Actually the only thing Modi can hit, is the right mix of tea and milk.Recommend

  • Black Hawk
    Aug 19, 2016 - 12:37PM

    Nice drama!Recommend

  • Buzzkill
    Aug 19, 2016 - 12:42PM

    Lol there are more cars than people in this dramatized protest. 70% Baloch can’t afford a cycle let alone a car. If you are going to stage a protest at least do it intelligently but then that’s never been your strong suit. Lol.Recommend

  • Abid
    Aug 19, 2016 - 12:51PM

    Hardly 300 people in this historic protest. Recommend

  • Bilal Hussain
    Aug 19, 2016 - 12:52PM

    Modi’s speech was just a political statement to fool his own nation on Balochistan, thats all.Recommend

  • Abid
    Aug 19, 2016 - 12:52PM

    ‘Erupt’. You call that an eruption? Recommend

  • Srinivasulu Mekala
    Aug 19, 2016 - 1:00PM

    The remaining population which did not participate in the march are all with Modi. They will show their strength differently. No more killing of Baluch people. India with one and quarter billion people is now openly working for the Baluchistan liberation.Recommend

  • Bizenjo
    Aug 19, 2016 - 1:52PM

    I wish these people had taken the grassroot problems of gender inequality and access to basic education this seriously. As a Baloch, I know that Balochistan is highly divided, there are people who support freedom and those like me who just desire peace. Army had performed a very good role in last few years and i hope they continue to build good relations with people of Balochistan in the future.
    For Mr Modi’s remarks, I think our government could take it positively and spend more time in tackling the issues in Balochistan rather than protesting. You know that 99% of our population (even most of the separatists) do not support this statement whatsoever, these war of words will haunt us (the civilians). Please make the best of it and make the priorities straight. Recommend

  • Pnpuri
    Aug 19, 2016 - 2:19PM

    Vehicles outnumber people. Only inference is that it not spontaneous but organised. Recommend

  • Prada
    Aug 19, 2016 - 3:01PM

    Like the 30-odd “freedom fighters” in Kashmir, these salaried protesters – all 80-100 of them can wave all the flags they can carry but it still makes it look ridiculous.Recommend

  • FAZ
    Aug 19, 2016 - 3:05PM

    @Raj – USA:
    Your self illusions are amusing and it seems too much Bollywood stuff has rendered permanent damage to your brain. Just give me an example as to where US has ever succeeded in restricting China, militarily or economically. China’s influence in South China sea is ever increasing. Its military hardware advancement is huge success of its successful penetration into US military secrets and patents. Its economy has for so long sustained over 7 to 10% growth rates that the world is just amazed when it slightly slows down to “suatain” that growth rate. US on the other hand has failed. It has terribly failed in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya etc. It has lost credibility in Europe and its economy is just sustaining with brilliant minds like Donald Trump coming upto “restore” America’s greatnessRecommend

  • FAZ
    Aug 19, 2016 - 3:08PM

    @M. Emad:
    Yea. It is presently being drafted in New DelhiRecommend

  • FAZ
    Aug 19, 2016 - 3:10PM

    @Rehmat Ali:
    Hmm. Your skills of guessing the ethnicity of people by “watching” news papers makes you a good candidate to compete for cheap alternative to DNA testing!Recommend

  • Reddy
    Aug 19, 2016 - 3:18PM

    the guy who killed your governor got more people on his death sentence,eruption with 2 rows of ppl ?…pakistan digging their own hole… Recommend

  • Awais baloch
    Aug 19, 2016 - 3:29PM

    @Rehmat Ali:
    you are seeing the poor people of balochistan but you cant see the poverty of kashmir,As the kashmiris fighting for their right since 1947.But you can only see balochis.poverty is every where even in america you would see people finding food from garbage.Recommend

  • Simple Baloch Guy
    Aug 19, 2016 - 3:57PM

    As a citizen of balochistan, I don’t know which balochistan Mr Modi is taking about in his speech. There are no issues in balochistan. Everything.is normal and good.Recommend

  • pakistani
    Aug 19, 2016 - 4:13PM

    @Anon:
    I had a juicy beef steak today…. it was yummy…Recommend

  • divergence
    Aug 19, 2016 - 4:40PM

    Today Pakistan closed “the chapter of friendship” with Afghanistan on the desecration of Pakistani flag, it is about time to stop the chapter of friendship with India too.Recommend

  • Hashaam
    Aug 19, 2016 - 4:46PM

    @wiserneighbour: You know what they say, ‘when Modi speaks, the world listens.’ Too bad that after listening, the world just ends up laughing at him. Hahaha.Recommend

  • siesmann
    Aug 19, 2016 - 4:49PM

    If the CM has evidence of RAW involvement he should present it. Just saying it won’t do as he has been for many monthsRecommend

  • Rahul
    Aug 19, 2016 - 5:13PM

    @pakistani:
    Ever tried pork spare ribs?? Wow!!!Recommend

  • Hashaam
    Aug 19, 2016 - 5:38PM

    @Rahul: I’m sure it can’t compare with the wonderous flavour of a perfectly cured, medium done, beef steak. Mmm.Recommend

  • dave
    Aug 19, 2016 - 5:45PM

    @pakistani:
    And Iron-brother is the biggest consumer of pork and is the main staple food. Consulate officials and CEPC must be importing from China.Recommend

  • dave
    Aug 19, 2016 - 5:48PM

    @Hashaam:
    They are laughing so much that Chinese president is going to visit India again this year.Recommend

  • Zen
    Aug 19, 2016 - 5:51PM

    @Rahul:
    I like my pork ribs with barbecue sauce or honey glazed. Lovely.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 19, 2016 - 6:03PM

    @Rahul:
    Good for you. Eat as much pork as you want… lolRecommend

  • Baloch
    Aug 19, 2016 - 6:03PM

    Wait till Modi ji really crosses the “red line”.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 19, 2016 - 6:04PM

    @dave:
    They can eat as much pork as they want. This is best u can come up with… desperate comment shall I say.Recommend

  • jat
    Aug 19, 2016 - 6:06PM

    @Zen:
    Haha… befitting response to a loserRecommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 19, 2016 - 6:07PM

    @Rahul:
    We love beef!!Recommend

  • IndianDude
    Aug 19, 2016 - 6:19PM

    Protest has more cars than people!!! Recommend

  • jaan
    Aug 19, 2016 - 6:33PM

    @dave:
    He can visit as many countries as he want. Why should Pakistanis be bothered about it. Recommend

  • Baloch
    Aug 19, 2016 - 6:36PM

    @Abid:
    I attended the protest and they were thousands who protested. Sitting somewhere in India on your computer and making a silly statement does not change the ground reality.Recommend

  • Hustle
    Aug 19, 2016 - 6:36PM

    What a massive protest consisting of 20 cars and 90 men. That is all the people our agencies managed to gather? Too sad. Recommend

  • Baloch
    Aug 19, 2016 - 6:39PM

    @Pankaj:
    Haha… ur statement made my day. You have the cheek talking about property. Have u seen the slumps of Delhi and mumbai…patheticRecommend

  • Baloch
    Aug 19, 2016 - 6:39PM

    @Raj – USA:
    Yawwwwwwwn. Recommend

  • Baloch
    Aug 19, 2016 - 6:41PM

    @Pnpuri:
    Oh really… and how can you say this by sitting on your computer…loserRecommend

  • divergence
    Aug 19, 2016 - 6:46PM

    @Anon: yeah there will be a bloodbath in India, watch out dear friend This is not 1971 we have entered such a time where wars can be fought in unimaginable ways than you toilet cleaning Indians can think of.Recommend

  • Hashaam
    Aug 19, 2016 - 6:49PM

    @dave: …. So? As if anything is actually going to happen.Recommend

  • rama
    Aug 19, 2016 - 6:53PM

    @Imran:

    We don’t o cheap stuntsRecommend

  • Insaaf
    Aug 19, 2016 - 7:48PM

    @Simple Baloch Guy: “There are no issues in balochistan. Everything.is normal and good.”
    Yes of course. And pigs can fly.Recommend

  • sterry
    Aug 19, 2016 - 7:56PM

    @whatever: I think Pakistanis should thank Modi for his comments because it has allowed the world to see the true story that majority people in Baluchistan are staunch Pakistani nationalists. Whenever I see Baluchis, they complain about the same things like all Pakistanis ( better education, health care, jobs, electricity) but they all love Pakistan. Modi has only proved what we all know and a few bought off Baluch criminals have never mattered.Recommend

  • dave
    Aug 19, 2016 - 8:00PM

    @Hashaam:
    Stop comparing with your President’s trips.Recommend

  • Hashaam
    Aug 19, 2016 - 8:11PM

    @dave: Stop living in your world of fantasies and delusions. Recommend

  • B
    Aug 19, 2016 - 8:23PM

    “Baluchistan where more than 80 percent of the area which is B-Area and is administered by levies. Police even can’t go and operate there”.

    -Brig (r) Mohammad Saad Khan
    August 14, 1016.Recommend

  • dave
    Aug 19, 2016 - 8:28PM

    @Hashaam:
    Hehe. Truth hurts.Recommend

  • abhi
    Aug 19, 2016 - 8:49PM

    Very funny indeed.Recommend

  • Pakistan
    Aug 19, 2016 - 8:54PM

    We are proud of our Blochi brothers. They have shown rest of Pakistanis how to respond to traitors and Modi fied people. Zehri should be our Prime Minister. He has led this movement and is not hiding like those who should be leading in Islamabad. Cowards.Recommend

  • Hashaam
    Aug 19, 2016 - 8:57PM

    @dave: It sure does! So if you Indians could go ahead and actually hit me with some truths instead of just regurgitating whatever nonsense your useless media spews out, maybe I would actually feel something. Lmaooo!Recommend

  • Sid
    Aug 19, 2016 - 9:11PM

    Pakistan flags out from Kalat to Kashmir. Modiji you are doing just the right job.Recommend

  • Sarzameen Khan
    Aug 19, 2016 - 10:21PM

    PAK Sarzameen party zinda baadRecommend

  • Simmi
    Aug 19, 2016 - 10:37PM

    @Rahul:
    Good going brother as u punch sixer….Recommend

  • iamomar
    Aug 19, 2016 - 10:39PM

    Beef is delecious dish on the earth**
    Indians you need to taste it… ;-)Recommend

  • Sunil
    Aug 20, 2016 - 6:58AM

    You know this is just a staged event and no more. No one believes you guys and what is even worse is that internationally this story has hardly been reported. Keep on crying nothing is going to help you guys.Recommend

  • jahanzab zaibi
    Aug 20, 2016 - 10:19AM

    I am new still i have no reason for that Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 20, 2016 - 2:13PM

    @Sunil:
    And here comes an Indian trolls who apparently represents the rest of the world…. everybody knows?….

    Everybody internationally knows that you are sore Losers Recommend

  • Maraikayar
    Aug 20, 2016 - 3:40PM

    Paid Protestors? Hardly 50 to 100 in numbers?Recommend

  • abcd
    Aug 20, 2016 - 10:19PM

    Looks like hired “protestors”….Recommend

  • IndianDude
    Aug 20, 2016 - 10:23PM

    There are more Pakistanis anti-India protesters on this comment’s section than there are on the road in the Balochistan! Tribune should at least photoshop the picture.Recommend

  • stevenson
    Aug 20, 2016 - 11:02PM

    @abcd: I am glad you think they are just paid because we know how most people in Baluchistan are upset with Modi. What Pakistani, Baluchi or Pashtun would support an Indian like Modi over his own people. Thanks for galvanizing public opinion so now people know if they support criminals, they support Indian like Modi.Recommend

  • G. Din
    Aug 21, 2016 - 12:49AM

    Pakistan has matchless experience in manufacturing protests, freedom movements to suit its purpose. It even was bold enough once to designate a sovereign country as its “strategic depth”, of course, without that country’s consent. Pakistan has a history of using others just as it has been used by others and discarded. “You can fool a man all the time, you may be even able to fool a lot of people at least once BUT YOU CANNOT FOOL ALL OF THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME”. How much success has Pakistan had by making a lot of noise about the so-called Kashmir “Intifada” as much as OIC had in case of the Palestinian “Intifada”? How many replies has Nawaz Sharief received in response to all the missives he sent to all and sundry? NONE!Recommend

  • Mazhar
    Aug 21, 2016 - 3:31AM

    Mr modi handle kashmir and red corridor first …lolRecommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Aug 21, 2016 - 9:50AM

    @Pankaj:

    You wrote: “According to another Pakistani newspaper 71% people in Balochistan lives under poverty line while the photo shows 100s of cars in protest rally.”

    According to BBC, “Eight Indian states account for more poor people than in the 26 poorest African countries combined, a new measure of global poverty has found.”

    What is your point, Einstein? You Indians have any better life than Pakistanis?Recommend

  • FAZ
    Aug 21, 2016 - 11:51PM

    @Lakhkar Khan:
    Lol
    I think Indians are finding it difficult day by day to sell their manjan here.Recommend

  • Pashtun
    Aug 22, 2016 - 1:07AM

    Now punjabis should come out in support of baloch people to give them their rights. And for indians i have only onething. Noori Naseer Baloch – A commander in the army of Ahmed Shah Abdali who had crushed hindu temples in india. Balochis will do same to you when there will be war between believers and infidelsRecommend

  • Khaja Hussain
    Aug 23, 2016 - 8:43PM

    @dave: “Iron-brother is the biggest consumer of pork” – Don’t worry Dave, the Chinese will teach Pakistanis how to cook and eat their favourite dish ‘pork’ There will be lot of roadside motels near CPEC to serve delicious pork dishes.Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Aug 23, 2016 - 11:37PM

    @dave:

    Maybe so but unlike you dark skinned ur/ne drinker, Pakistanis don’t have to bleach their skin to feel good about themselves. Are you one of those ur/ne drinker?Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Aug 23, 2016 - 11:40PM

    @Pnpuri:

    You wrote: “Vehicles outnumber people.”

    So, each person drivers multiple vehicles? Either that or they own self driven vehicles got to the protest on their own…. Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Aug 23, 2016 - 11:47PM

    @Sunil:

    No one care what you Indians believe or not.Recommend

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