Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech had said that the people of Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and ‘Azad Jammu and Kashmir’ had “thanked him a lot in the past few days”.
Various leaders of the Baloch nationalist movement got encouraged by PM Modi’s supportive words
and sought support from the US and European countries against the oppressive Pakistani regime.
A large number of people in Balochistan have reacted positively to PM Modi’s statement.
Thanking PM Modi, Brahumdagh Bugti, president of the Baloch Republican Party in a video statement, hoped that the Indian government, Indian media and the whole Indian nation would not only raise their voices for the Baloch nation but also strive to help practically the Baloch independence movement.
Brahumdagh Bugti, the president of the Baloch Republican Party en.dailypakistan
Bugti, who is the grandson of Nawab Akbar Bugti — a Baloch nationalist leader who was killed in an encounter with the Pakistani army, said Pakistan’s destructive role in Kashmir and its direct involvement in terrorist attacks in India such as Mumbai and Pathankot has been a very well exposed fact.
“In this context, raising the voice of the Baloch people should not be a temporary reaction or short term strategy by the Indian government, but should be a sincere intention of the Indian people to support their oppressed Baloch brothers and sisters and should be very serious part of the foreign policy of the Indian government,” Bugti said. “The Baloch mission and all the oppressed people of the world, still remember the decision of the Indian government when India intervened and came to the rescue of Bengali people from Pakistani brutalities in 1970s,” he said.
Bugti said on one side Pakistan demands self-determination and self-rule of Kashmiris and at the same time in Balochistan it is crushing the same demand of Baloch people by force.
He said this exposes the evil designs of Pakistan to destruct the peace and stability in the region.
In fact, he also expressed the desire of a Bollywood movie be made on their struggles.
Following their support to PM Modi, Pakistan has slapped five cases, including that of sedition, against three top Baloch nationalist leaders.
Pakistan had said that 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.