Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message for the oppressed people of Pak-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) and Balochistan was welcomed by prominent activists in the two regions.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday said that the Indian government will do what it has to do in PoK’s case as the people are “our own”.
MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that PM Modi had given instructions in the all-party meeting, where for the first time ever India spoke in favour of the people of Balochistan and PoK.
Swarup, however, stated that he cannot share the plan of action or how they’ll be implemented.
“Several people from Balochistan and PoK, including Gilgit-Baltistan, had messaged him (Prime Minister), had been writing to him following his comments at the all-party meeting in which he had flagged the atrocities being committed on the people of Balochistan,” Swarup added.
Swarup also pointed out that Pakistan’s refusal to let in human rights teams to enter PoK is a proof that Islamabad is committing atrocities on the people of the region.
Following PM Modi’s threat to Pakistan that India will expose its brutalities in both Balochistan and PoK, Pakistani Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhary invited his Indian counterpart for talks on Kashmir. India on Wednesday rejected Pakistan’s locus standi on Kashmir and said that talks can be held on cross-border terrorism.
Prime Minister Modi became the first Indian PM to raise the Balochistan and PoK issues in an Independence Day address. By doing so, he brought international attention to a long ongoing struggle of people for independence from Pakistan’s atrocities. While the government’s critics, including Congress leaders Kapil Sibal and Salman Khurshid, claimed that the new foreign policy is not right, experts argue that it was high time India’s foreign policy adopted a more pronounced and aggressive stance vis-à-vis Pakistan. Pakistan and separatist sympathisers in India accuse the Indian armed forces of atrocities against Kashmiris especially during the recent protests following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani. The fact is that Pakistan, Kashmiri separatists and their sympathisers glorified Wani despite him being a terrorist and exhorted the Kashmiris to pelt stones on forces leading to clashes resulting in injuries to both sides. On the contrary, Pakistani establishment regularly commits atrocities on the people burning their houses, imprisoning them, killing them, or, as accused by Balochi rights activists, raping women.