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Baloch people want 'azadi' from atrocities by Pakistan Army: BJP

Updated: Aug 15, 2016 07:15 IST

New Delhi, Aug. 15 (ANI): With Baloch people demanding freedom from atrocities committed by the Pakistani Army on them for years, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today said people want 'Azadi' (freedom) from terror.

BJP leader Nalin Kohli told ANI that the world is already worried about the role and involvement of Pakistan in perpetrating terror and would take a serious note on what is happening.

"People in Pakistan and otherwise in the rest of the world also want freedom and 'Azadi' from the terror machine that the Pakistani establishment has encouragement and created, irrespective of what Pakistan says," Kohli said.

"World is already worried about its role and involvement in role of perpetrating terror and now I think the world is also going to take serious notice on what is happening in Balochistan and other parts of Pakistan, including the Pak occupied Kashmir," Kohli added.

Stating that Pakistani political person, official and ambassadors speaks of 'Azadi', Kohli said, "I think the core issue that comes to focus is that the people of Pakistan occupied Kashmir are seeking freedom or Azadi from that illegal occupation, from the kind of terror that they are perpetrating on such people. In terms of the people of Balochistan, the kind of terror that their own armed forces is unleashing on the Baloch people."

At the time when Pakistan was celebrating the 70th Independence Day, people in Balochistan province, in southwestern region of Pakistan, were demanding freedom from atrocities by the Pakistani army, which is going on unabated for years, but has been intensified since Nawaz Sharif's government came to power.

Representative of Balochistan at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and European Union (EU) Mehran Marri told ANI: "The army operation has been going on unabated for many years, but its intensity varies from time to time. However, I have realised that since Nawaz Sharif's government has come into power, the military has increased its activities in Balochistan. Moreover, since the creation of military courts, although it has been claimed that it is only for certain Taliban and terrorists, it is mainly formed to persecute Baloch nationals."

Talking about atrocities committed by the military in on the people of the province, he said, "The Baloch youth are getting abducted on a routine basis and people such as Mama Qadir and Fazana Majeed are raising their voice on this issue."

Talking about the way forward for the Balochistan problem, Marri said, "You can have negotiation talks or dialogues with political figures in Pakistan. What Baloch are dealing with is the military generals and military leaders. Dialogue with the military establishment is very difficult and impossible. Pakistan has its plans to exploit Balochistan and its resources from the day of its occupation since 1948."

Talking about the political situation in Pakistan, he said, "Balochistan, unfortunately, is neither sovereign nor independent. It doesn't have the right to self-determination. Balochistan is functioning into the hands of Pakistan. Pakistan is a rogue state. Pakistan is unfortunately taking us to its direction. Pakistan believes in Talibanisation, Jehadism and extremism. It is spreading all these on us as well. We are harming ourselves in this dirty game of Pakistan."

Accusing Pakistan of using Balochistan in order to keep its viability in the international community, Marri said: "We are being damaged here. Pakistan won't be able to hide itself in this. I think 95 percent of the world population knows Pakistan's reality. They know what Pakistan is. Pakistan is not a sovereign and dignified nation. It's a rogue element in this region, which has destablised the entire region and even plans to further destablise it. It has to be curtailed and curbed. It has to be stopped.(ANI)

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