Former Afghan president 'appreciates' Modi for highlighting Balochistan issue

Published: August 21, 2016


Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday expressed appreciation for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remarks on ‘freedom’ for Balochistan in his Independence Day speech.

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Baloch people have been fighting the Pakistani state to attain independence for Balochistan province from Pakistan.

While addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Karzai expressed empathy with the people of Balochistan and said Modi’s remarks are understandable.

“The issue of Balochis and their rights and need for them to have peace is something that we commiserate, we understand the remarks of the Prime Minister of India. We wish Balochistan and its people very well. We wish all other regions in Pakistan very very well. We wish security and prosperity for that region and for all other regions in this part of the world. In other words, we understand the remarks of Prime Minister Modi and I appreciate it,” said Karzai.

Baloch people living in Europe had also hailed Modi after his speech.

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However, Pakistan lashed out at India post his remarks, saying he had further strained ties between the two countries. Modi’s comments also gave rise to a spate of protests across the province.

According to human rights groups, a large number of political activists, students and intellectuals are victims of enforced disappearances in Balochistan allegedly by the army and spy agencies.

Balochistan, which borders Afghanistan and Iran, is Pakistan’s poorest and most thinly populated province.

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It is also home to Taliban insurgents, drug smugglers, kidnapping rings, sectarian militants, and government-backed paramilitary death squads.

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Reader Comments (38)

  • point
    Aug 21, 2016 - 2:09PM

    Tells alot. They simply want to break Pakistan. Their honesty and love for Balochistan was witnessed yesterday when they threw stones on Baloch side of Chaman!! That was their so called love ??
    Cant express my happy feelings since the afghans are running out June 30 onwards from Pakistan. I am a proud Pakistani Pushton. Never ever call me an Afghan because it’s disrespectful for me.Recommend

  • Qazi rashid manzoor
    Aug 21, 2016 - 2:13PM

    We hosted Karzai & his family for many long years together with millions of their illiterate, criminal minded countrymen that shredded the fabric of our society from Peshawar to Karachi, yet like Hasina Wajid of BD, they have turned their country to killer of thousands of Muslims in Gujarat. Despicable creatures. Recommend

  • qaiser ahmed
    Aug 21, 2016 - 2:37PM

    Time and time again Karzai has never missed an opportunity to put down Pakistan’s sovereignty. Lets us forget the sacrifices Pakistan has made for Afghanistan’s sovereignty.But, from this day forward the name Karzai has to be BLACKLISTED . From now on our media should refrain from printing his image or print anything he says. Recommend

  • Vectra
    Aug 21, 2016 - 3:17PM

    So after Bangladesh now Afghanistan also came forward in support of India on Baluchistan.But in my neutral analysis this has to happen some day but this is just a pinch of a salt as it involves only remarks by Mr Modi,the broader aggressive stance by India is yet to come.However Pakistan is also to blame for this.
    Why can’t Pakistan just focus on its own internal matters instead of interfering in India’s matter and why can’t it remain satisfied with what it currently have????.
    The constant poking by Pakistan establishment in Indian Kashmir gave an opportunity to India to now do things more publicly which it so far have resisted in the past.
    Just one suggestion,Time for talk now but yes this terrorism complain by India,Iran,Afghanistan need to be sorted out by Islamabad first for any lasting peace in the region.Recommend

  • Anon
    Aug 21, 2016 - 3:31PM

    What is govt-backed paramilitary death squads….?Recommend

  • Harish
    Aug 21, 2016 - 3:52PM

    True Pakistan hosted the Afghani refugees for years however you were compensated in billions of US dollars by America, UN and other international organizations. That money was supposed to help Pakistani infrastructure. Where is all that money??
    Answer: In Panama, Switzerland and LondonRecommend

  • Analyst
    Aug 21, 2016 - 3:55PM

    Aa first step to counter this strategy Pakistan must STOP human rights violations in Baluchistan and Karachi.Recommend

  • Sick mind
    Aug 21, 2016 - 4:14PM

    Yes Pakistan the whole world is after to get you…all countries dont have anything to do other than fighting with uRecommend

  • Malik Saab
    Aug 21, 2016 - 4:27PM

    Pakistani state must have a simple policy. No mercy to those who try to create any act of sabotage in our country. We must be ruthless to eliminate not only the terrorism but also the anti state elements. Stability is essential for our progress. Be united, do hard work and understand the designs of your enemies.
    Moreover send all Afghan refugees back to Afghanistan as soon as possible. They are the most ungrateful people on the planet. They will continue to stab us on all avenues. Just show them the door as soon as possible. Recommend

  • Shakti
    Aug 21, 2016 - 4:36PM

    Indo-Pak Talks must first centre on Balochistan. Only then can we talk about Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir.Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Aug 21, 2016 - 4:39PM

    @Vectra: The majority of people on earth or in Europe believed the earth was flat.does that make it true? The majority in this case are wrong. There not 800,000 troops in Balochistan like in Indian Occupied Kashmir.Recommend

  • Srinivasulu Mekala
    Aug 21, 2016 - 5:07PM

    Pakistan is still not getting the big picture of the future. Good for India. Recommend

  • M. Emad
    Aug 21, 2016 - 5:10PM

    Baloch people and leadership had high regards for Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Mujib’s Awami League got highest number of votes in Balochistan province of West-Pakistan. Despite total majority in 1970 National election (167/313), Mujib planned a Bengali-Pashto-Baloch coalition government at centre. During and after 1971, Baloch and Pathan nationalist leaders sought help from Bangladesh Provisional Government and Bangladesh president Sheikh Mujib.

    Now, Sheikh Hasina — Sheikh Mujib’s daughter and Prime Minister of Bangladesh — should fulfill the historic promises given by her father to the oppressed nations of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ahmad wattanyar
    Aug 21, 2016 - 5:29PM

    Karzai is simply talking about the genocide in Balochistan. And by the way I have lived in Prshawar myself for many years. Our elders have always told us to live there with honor as it is our own land, temporarily out of our hands. A day is not far when both Balochistan and Pajhtunkhwa become part of greater Afghanistan again. Ameen. I laugh when punjabis talk about hosting Afghans, as if we were living in Punjab. Your govt. from Punjab would steal from our rations provided by the UN. And many many more examples like this in a small and large scale. For example, swapping your old weapons with newer ones given to the mujahideen. A list just I can gather that will fill up the ocean. Recommend

  • whatever
    Aug 21, 2016 - 5:51PM

    Pakistan all missile names are after Afghans. Pakistanis always try to get glory in the achievements of others.Recommend

  • abhi
    Aug 21, 2016 - 5:52PM

    @Vectra: honest and straight forward Analysis/suggestion/solution. Anybody with a sane mind can understand this. In it’s desire to destroy India, Pakistan is fast moving towards becoming another colony of China.
    No country on earth wish to break/destruct Pakistan(at least i could guarantee on behalf of India). There is saying ‘vinashkale viprita buddhi’. When the time of your destruction comes near, you start doing all the wrong acts which no one with a sensible mind would ever do. Pakistan’s greed will become the key of it’s destruction. They have closed all the doors of peace with India.Recommend

  • XY
    Aug 21, 2016 - 7:02PM

    This guy would sell his own soul to stay relevantRecommend

  • M. Emad
    Aug 21, 2016 - 7:05PM

    Baloch leadership had high regards for Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Mujib’s Awami League got highest number of votes in Balochistan province of West-Pakistan in 1970 general Election. Despite total majority in election (167 / 313), Mujib planned a Bengali-Pashto-Baloch coalition government at centre. During and after 1971, Baloch and Pathan nationalist leadership sought help from Bangladesh Provisional Government and Bangladesh president Sheikh Mujib. Now, Sheikh Hasina — Sheikh Mujib’s daughter and Prime Minister of Bangladesh — should try to fulfill the historic promises given by her father to the oppressed nations of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Really fed up
    Aug 21, 2016 - 7:12PM

    @Ahmad Watanyar take the other millions with you residing as refugees in Pakistan and feed them. All you feed to the world is drugs, opium which you yourself have taken in tons.Recommend

  • Salman
    Aug 21, 2016 - 7:52PM

    Good to see enemies of Pakistan are getting exposed. People here in Pakistan who used to ridicule Pak Govt and ISI claim over Indian involvement in Balochistan have nothing to say now.Recommend

  • KK Kool
    Aug 21, 2016 - 8:30PM

    @Vectra: We left interference in Kashmir since Musharraf days. India got disengaged. Instead of letting us live at peace, India with theach help of Karzai bled Pakistan tooth and nail. Now India is engaged in Kashmir and we are comparatively at peace. India is tasting taste of its own pill. Theach way we tasted. There is still more to come. India has to wait.Recommend

  • Asad
    Aug 21, 2016 - 9:53PM

    Khalistan, Asam and many more! They want freedom from India so Modi should concentrate on them instead of Baluchistan where people have already demonstrated recently that they disliked what Modi has said. Recommend

  • The Ravian
    Aug 21, 2016 - 10:43PM

    Few Afghanis can simply be called as ‘Namak haram’.Recommend

  • Pakistani-Khi
    Aug 21, 2016 - 11:06PM

    Guys, we dont need to get so astonished or worried about the comments came from a personality who is failed to even prosper his own people, country even to provide them basic protection, rights and safety and murmuring about emerging economy.

    He is nothing but just to do publicity stunt, or like a saying in Urdu, behti naddi me hath dhona – washing hand in the flowing river…Recommend

  • warrior
    Aug 21, 2016 - 11:50PM

    nadi is hindi.. in urdu its called dariyaRecommend

  • Pashtun
    Aug 22, 2016 - 12:55AM

    All of you should read Ahadeeth about Ghazwa e Hind. Then there will be no pakistan or greater afghanistan. There will be only Khurasan that will crush hind and time seems near to that era. Then there will be no injustice with anyone. Then the resources of baloch and pashtun and kashmiris will not be looted. Hypocrites like karzai and punjabi nawaz shareefs will be on the side of infidels like modi n obama but triumph is always for the right BelieversRecommend

  • Zulfiqar
    Aug 22, 2016 - 1:44AM

    Hamid Karzai doesn’t represent Afghans. He is used bullet of anti-Pakistan elements.Recommend

  • Kharal21
    Aug 22, 2016 - 2:27AM

    That is enough to prove the involvement of India and Afganistan agencies in Balochistan they are openly accepting and promoting that in their speeches so whther be it the Quetta blasts or deaths of security personnels the proof of RAW and Afghan intelligence is evidentRecommend

  • Leper
    Aug 22, 2016 - 2:53AM

    @M.Emad you and your hatred for Pakistan is unmatchable. Keep roasting in your hatred which you deserve.Recommend

  • Ajeet
    Aug 22, 2016 - 3:37AM

    The Afghans and the Bangladeshis are good Muslims and the Pakistanis are bad MuslimsRecommend

  • nazish
    Aug 22, 2016 - 7:09AM

    How dare that people who passed commit on pakistan and Muslims Recommend

  • Kickass
    Aug 22, 2016 - 9:03AM

    Karzai is like any passive street boy who looks for such opportunities and offers for free his, for want of a better word, ‘support.’Recommend

  • FAZ
    Aug 22, 2016 - 10:52AM

    Another ill informed Indian spotted. According to UNHCR and I quote
    “The Government of Pakistan receives $133 million a year ($78 per person per year) from UNHCR for hosting Afghans on its side of the border”


    Maybe you should watch something other than your media or use google before ranting. These Afghans have been and will always be a big burden on Pakistan.Recommend

  • Alter Ego
    Aug 22, 2016 - 5:25PM

    What good is money when we are launching operations in Swat and other parts of our own country because of Afghanistan.
    What good is money to dead soldiers.
    Keep your money and get out .Recommend

  • Alter Ego
    Aug 22, 2016 - 5:29PM

    Invented by Pakistan.
    how many missiles have you invented.
    None as far as i am guessing , because you dont have any discipline.
    All you have is the gun (not even good ones) and your fragile egos(not even that as you are uninvited guests of Pakistan for over many years).Recommend

  • Dipak
    Aug 23, 2016 - 6:05AM

    ZEHRI means poisonous in Hindi and Gujarati. He is ready to break his own state.Recommend

  • FAZ
    Aug 23, 2016 - 9:37AM

    A new level of low IQ has been born in the form of youRecommend

  • Bharat Patel
    Aug 24, 2016 - 12:23PM

    @Alter Ego:
    come to think of it

    What is Pakistan’s l;literacy rate ? Without madrassah literacy , it is less then 40%. Same as Afghanistan

    You have had 70 years and Afghanistan has had less then 20 years after some major disruptionsRecommend

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