New Delhi, August 17: Prime Minister Modi’s reference to Balochistan made headline across the country and also in neighbouring Pakistan. However, the mention of this restive region in Southwestern Pakistan was made after the Prime Minister’s office received information of human rights excesses from Balochs across the world, sources said.Also Read - Sourav Ganguly Picks Winner of T20 World Cup 2021 Final Between New Zealand vs Australia, Talks About India-Pakistan Cricket Ties
“The mention of human rights violations in Pakistan (in the Prime Minister’s Red Fort speech) was a natural thing, humanity doesn’t stop at borders,” sources were quoted saying by ANI. “I want to specially honour and thank…the people of Balochistan, the people of Gilgit, the people of Pakistan occupied Kashmir…for the way the way their citizens have heartily thanked me, the way they have acknowledged me, the goodwill they have shown towards me. It is an honour of my 125 crores countrymen,” Modi said in his speech on August 15. Also Read - Independence Day 2021 Speech: 1 Min Short Speech For Students in English
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Pakistan was quick to rebuke the statements made by the Prime Minister. Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to Pakistan’s Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs said his statements were proof of Pakistan’s contention that India is fomenting terrorism in Balochistan. The Chief Minister of Balochistan also rejected Modi’s remarks saying, “People of Balochistan are loyal and patriotic… they love Pakistan and will never support the nefarious designs of the country’s enemies”.
The opposition in India has also heavily criticised the government, saying Modi’s mention of Balochistan undermined India’s moral high ground, vis-à-vis Pakistan.