Mumbai: Bharatiya Janata Party’s ally, Shiv Sena, on Wednesday termed as “wrong” chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s call for talks with pro-freedom leadership, even as it ridiculed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his reference to Balochistan in Independence Day speech.
An editorial in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said that the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister’s stand on holding talks with Hurriyat to improve the situation in the Valley “is completely wrong”.
It also questioned Modi on the action he planned to take against those waving Pakistani flags in Kashmir.
Shiv Sena also sought to know if Modi would send the army to save the Baloch leaders who have been charged with sedition for backing his remarks.
Five cases, including that of sedition, were registered recently against three top Baloch nationalist leaders in Pakistan who backed Modi’s supportive words on their struggle in Balochistan.
“Baloch leaders have paid a heavy price for supporting PM Modi. Serious offences like waging war against Pakistan have been registered against them. This is a part of Pakistan’s tyrannical attitude,” an editorial in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said.
“What will our PM do in their support now? Will he send the Army to save Baloch leaders from Pakistan or will he once again give a speech denouncing Pakistan’s action against them? These leaders are facing trouble only because they supported PM Modi’s speech,” it said.
On August 15, from the Red Fort, Modi had said people from Balochistan thanked him for highlighting the ‘atrocities’ the Pakistani State inflicted on the people of Balochistan and Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK).
Pakistan later said Modi crossed the “red line” by talking about Balochistan and asserted it will “forcefully” raise the Kashmir issue during the next month’s UN General Assembly session.
Balochistan chief minister Sanaullah Zehri in a speech last week alleged that the Indian government “fully supports the ongoing insurgency in Balochistan”.