Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mention of Balochistan in his Independence Day speech is witnessing widespread consequences. While some oppose and others stand with it, on Wednesday his pictures of PM Modi along with Baloch martyr and freedom fighter Akbar Bugti were held in protests in Balochistan. The Indian flag was also raised with these pictures.
Soon after PM Modi in his speech at the Red Fort said that the people in Gilgit-Baltistan have “thanked him”, responses from the latter and others have been pouring in. These protests come after five cases were registered against separatists Baloch leaders for allegedly supporting the Modi’s statements. Complaints against Baloch leaders Brahamdagh Bugti, Harbiyar Marri and Banuk Karima Baloch was registered after a petition was filed at five police stations in Khuzdar area, Balochistan.
Thanking PM Modi and other Indians for their support, Brahumdagh Bugti, grandson of slain Baloch leader Bugti said, “We hope not only the Indian government but every Indian citizen will support our struggle. The Indian media and film industry can play an important role by highlighting the struggle. If the world fails to support them, it loses its only friend in the region ridden with religious extremism and terrorism.” On the other hand, Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri dismissed Modi’s statements saying that India was responsible for fomenting terrorism in their province and that people of Balochistan were indeed loyal to Pakistan.