Before delivering annual Independence Day address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met top aides and some warned him against mentioning Balochistan, Pakistan’s restive southwestern province.
As per a report by news agency Reuters, in that meeting in early August, some hawkish politicians were angry with Pakistan’s recent trouble-making in Kashmir, and thought differently. Likewise, PM Modi too held the same views.
“The bureaucrats suggested that talking about Balochistan is a good idea but may be the Independence Day speech was not a good platform for it,” said an official, according to Reuters.
However, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Home Minister Rajnath Singh “rejected these ideas” believing that India should do everything to silence Pakistan, the official reportedly said.
PM Modi in his Independence Day speech had said that the people of Balochistan had thanked him for bringing attention to the human rights atrocities in the region by Pakistani security forces.
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.
However, 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.