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Baloch leaders booked for allegedly supporting PM Modi’s statements on Balochistan

The Pakistan police on Monday registered five cases against three Baloch leaders for allegedly supporting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statements on Balochistan. On August 15, Modi had said that people from Balochistan had thanked him for highlighting the atrocities by the Pakistani state on the people of Balochistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Pakistan had responded by saying that Modi had crossed the “red line” by talking about Balochistan and asserted it will “forcefully” raise the Kashmir issue at next month’s UN General Assembly session. The cases were registered against three separatist Baloch leaders — Brahamdagh Bugti, Harbiyar Marri and Banuk Karima Baloch. They were booked under different sections of the Pakistan Penal Code pertaining to ‘waging war against the nation or attempting to wage a war.’

One of the complainants even alleged that the Baloch leaders had asked Modi to commit aggression against Pakistan. Modi’s controversial statement had sparked protests across Balochistan, with large numbers of tribesmen taking to the streets in protest in Dera Bugti, Khuzdar, Quetta, Chaman and other parts of the province.

Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri, in a speech last week, had alleged that the Indian government “fully supports the ongoing insurgency in Balochistan”. He further accused Bugti of “getting funds from Indians” alleging “that’s why he has supported Modi’s statement”.


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