Even as a number of Baloch activists and leaders seek asylum in India, the Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) chief Akhtar Mengal has reportedly said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “not interested” in Balochistan. According to a report in Dawn, Akhtar Mengal has said that Modi’s attempts to rake up atrocities are Balochistan is just “empty statements”. Dawn reported Mengal as saying, “He [Modi] has no interest in Balochistan or its people; his statements are just that: statements.”
Mengal also said that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is not interested in Kashmir or its people. “Both the premiers are playing politics over dead bodies,” Mengal reportedly alleged. Taking a dig at Pakistan establishment’s apparent love for Kashmir, Mengal said that Kashmir appears to closer to Islamabad, given the quick reactions and sympathy the government has for Kashmiris. “Balochistan is a politically isolated and orphaned province. You kept us politically isolated and yet it is the country which has ended up getting isolated,” Mengal hit out at Pakistan government.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in August this year raked up the issue of Pakistan’s atrocities in Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan and Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK). He had even thanked the people of Balochistan for their overwhelming reaction post his statements. Many Baloch leaders have welcomed PM Modi’s reference to Balochistan, stating that Pakistan’s human rights violations and atrocities need to be highlighted. Baloch Republican Party leader Brahumdagh Bugti has already sought asylum in India and Free Balochistan Movement, Hyrbyair Marri has indicated that he too may seek asylum in India.
Modi government even raked up the issue of Balochistan at the UNGA, with MEA Sushma Swaraj saying, “On 21st September, the Prime Minister of Pakistan used this podium to make baseless allegations about human rights violations in my country. I can only say that those accusing others of human rights violations would do well to introspect and see what egregious abuses they are perpetrating in their own country, including in Balochistan”. “The brutality against the Baloch people represents the worst form of State oppression,” Swaraj had said.