JAMMU: A defence expert has said that the praise showered on Prime
Minister Narendra Modi by activists of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP)
and their move to hold up his pictures and wave Indian flags in their
territory, increases India’s responsibility towards realising the goal
of delivering freedom to the people of Balochistan.
M M Khajuria
told ANI that the Baloch people expect Prime Minister Modi and the
Indian media to lend them a helping hand and support their cause
“They have come out into the open to resist and
declare that they appreciate what the Prime Minister of India and the
Indian media is doing for them, and they expect them to lend them a
helping hand and support their cause in the world forum. This, in fact,
increases our (India's) responsibility towards the freedom movement in
Balochistan, and, I think, India must devise ways and means of coming up
to their expectations,” Khajuria added.
While the protests have
been going on for the past few days in several locations in Balochistan,
protesters in Dera Bugti held up pictures of the Indian Prime Minister,
late Baloch leader Akbar Bugti and his grandson Brahumdagh Bugti, and
raised slogans against Islamabad. They also burnt Pakistan’s national
Slogans were also raised against Balochistan Chief Minister
Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri for declaring Bugti a traitor and thanking
the Indian Prime Minister for highlighting the atrocities meted out to
the people in the region by Islamabad.
Stating that the freedom
movement in Balochistan seemed to have got a fillip after the Indian
Prime Minister’s reference, Khajuria said, “The kind of acceptance of
reality that the people of Balochistan are fighting for their freedom,
this is the recognition of the support that the people of Balochistan
expect from India, the international forum as well, in awakening world
opinion about what they are going through and what they have gone
through since 2002.”
On the United States State Department’s
expression of concern over human rights violation in Pakistan-occupied
Kashmir (PoK), Khajuria said that Washington has been forced into doing
so after India raised the issue.
The Prime Minister, in his
concluding remarks at a recently held all-party meeting to discuss the
flare-up in Kashmir in the wake of the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen
militant Burhan Wani, had said “Pakistan forgets that it rains bombs
from fighter planes on citizens of its country.”
“Time has now
come that Pakistan will have to answer to the world about the atrocities
being committed on people in Balochistan and Pakistan-occupied
Kashmir,” he added.
During nation’s 70th Independence Day speech,
Prime Minister Modi signalled a distinct hardening of posture against
Pakistan, by raising human rights violations in Balochistan and PoK.
Minister Modi said the people of PoK and Balochistan had thanked him
for flagging the human rights abuses by Pakistan's security forces.
Prime Minister's comments were criticised as "crossing a red line" by
the Pakistan Government, a charge New Delhi has rejected.