SRINAGAR: Balochistan chief minister, Sanaullah Zehri, on Thursday slammed Indian premier Narendra Modi’s claim that the Baloch people had thanked him for his support of the “so-called insurgency” in the province, a report by Pakistan-based Dawn newspaper said.
“We condemn Narendra Modi’s statement on Balochistan. No one in Balochistan supported his statement. There is no comparison between the struggle for liberation in India-held Kashmir and the so-called Balochistan insurgency,” the paper quoted Zehri as saying while addressing a rally in Quetta.
The report said that Modi’s Independence Day speech had sparked protests across Balochistan, with large numbers of tribesmen taking to the streets in protest in Dera Bugti, Khuzdar, Quetta, Chaman and other parts of the province.
Modi had said that people of Balochistan, Gilgit and Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) have thanked him for raising their issue.
As per the report, angry protesters set ablaze the Indian flag and chanted slogans against the Indian prime minister.
“We didn’t ask the people to come out on the streets… They are on the streets themselves,” Zehri said of the protests against Modi. “The Kashmiris are agitating for their right to self-determination in accordance with UN resolutions, whereas in Balochistan there is only a small group working on the behest of the enemy country.”
“I swear on the blood of the dead, wherever these terrorists are, we will hunt them down.”
“The Indian government fully supports the ongoing insurgency in Balochistan,” Zehri alleged, adding “it is deeply involved in sponsoring elements like Brahamdagh Bugti, Haerbyar Marri, Zamran Marri and Allah Nazar.”
He has alleged that Brahamdagh Bugti was “getting funds from Indians, that’s why he supported Modi’s statement”.
He said all Kashmiris have been demanding their right to self-determination, whereas in Balochistan, “not even one per cent of people support the insurgency”.
“Balochistan is part of Pakistan and is run by a democratically elected government,” the PML-N lawmaker said. “The Pak Army is ours and we will not tolerate any Indian interference in our internal matters.”
“Modi says that the movement for independence is the same in Kashmir and Balochistan. Modi… you killed Burhan Wani in Kashmir. For 35 days, there has been a curfew and people are being killed. Over here, even 1pc of your agents do not have the support of the people,” he said.
The chief minister CM concluded his address by asking attendees to chant slogans of Pakistan Zindabad alongside him, the report said.