KARACHI: The Chief Minister of Balochistan has dismissed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assertion that the province was suffering from repression and accused India of fomenting trouble there.
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri made the remarks yesterday after Modi, during an all-party meeting on the Kashmir situation last week, had said the time had come to expose the atrocities committed “by our neighbouring nation” in Balochistan and the areas of Jammu and Kashmir under its “illegal occupation.”
Zehri, while addressing a ceremony in the provincial capital of Quetta to mark Pakistan’s Independence Day, said there was no comparison between Balochistan and Kashmir.
“The government and people of Balochistan vehemently reject Modi’s statement on the situation in the province,” Zehri said.
“A handful of miscreants, manipulated by the Indian intelligence agency, are involved in anti-peace activities in Balochistan. People of Balochistan are loyal and patriotic… they love Pakistan and will never support the nefarious designs of the country’s enemies,” he said.
Zehri blamed India for unrest in Balochistan and said that arrest of a “serving” Indian navy officer vindicates Pakistan’s claim.
“India is behind terrorism, militancy and anti-peace activities in Balochistan,” he alleged.
Zehri asserted that the situation in Balochistan is very different from that of Kashmir where he claimed people want freedom from India and Indian armed forces.
“But in Balochistan, the people want to live within the legal framework of the country,” he said.