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BJP calls on world community to take note of human rights abuses in Balochistan

Updated: Aug 23, 2016 11:02 IST

New Delhi, Aug. 23 (ANI): Reacting to cases registered against separatist Baloch leaders in Pakistan for supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday urged the world community that it was high time to get together and stand against human rights abuses in Balochistan by the Pakistani Army.

Former home secretary and BJP MP from Bihar R.K. Singh told ANI, "This is the extent to which the Pakistan Army can go. Just because some ministers thanked the Indian Prime Minister, they are being prosecuted."

"In Balochistan, one thing that we have noticed is that right since (19)48, there has been untold miseries heaped on Baloch people by the Pakistani Army and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)," said Singh, adding, "Thousands and thousands of people have just disappeared and hundreds of people have been hanged."

Backing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks for supporting Baloch people, Singh said, "Human rights abuses have been happening right in our neighbourhood and it's good that our Prime Minister took notice of this; in fact, the whole world should take notice of this."

He further appealed to the world community, "It's high time that the whole world should take notice of the human rights abuses by the Pakistani Army in Balochistan."

Meanwhile, Singh criticised the Congress Party's response to Prime Minister Modi's remarks on the Kashmir unrest, saying only the grand old party can speak like this.

"We being Indians, what do we expect from the Congress and other parties is that they don't do politics on such matters. The steps the government is taking and the Prime Minister's statement are completely right. Can a statement be better that this? No, there cannot be a better statement than this," Singh stated.

According to reports, five cases, including that of sedition, have been registered against three top Baloch nationalist leaders in Pakistan for allegedly backing Prime Minister Modi's remarks on Balochistan in his Independence Day speech.

As per reports, Brahamdagh Bugti, Harbiyar Marri and Banuk Karima Baloch were booked under various sections of the Pakistan Penal Code at five police stations in the Khuzdar area in the restive province following complaints lodged against them.

On India's Independence Day, Prime Minister Modi said people from areas like Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Balochistan have thanked him for flagging the human rights abuses of their people by Pakistan's security forces. Prime Minister Modi's comments were criticised as "crossing a red line" by the Pakistan government, which New Delhi rejected. (ANI)