Monday, October 10, 2016

Former Baloch CM said : Pakistan, India using us to play politics.

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif is using the issue of Kashmir to play politics and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is using the issue of Balochistan to do the same, said a former chief minister of Pakistan's beleaguered province at an event in Karachi yesterday.

"He [Modi] has no interest in Balochistan or its people; his statements are just that: statements. Similarly, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is not interested in Kashmir or Kashmiris, either. Both the premiers are playing politics over dead bodies ," said Akhtar Mengal of the Balochistan National Party Mengal (BNP-M) at the Karachi Press Club, according to Dawn.

Mengal was chief minister of Balochistan from February 1997 to June 1998. He returned to Pakistan in March 2013, ending his four-odd years of self-exile in Dubai.

Mengal characterised PM Modi's recent strategic comments highlighting Pakistan's oppression of the Baloch people+ as "just empty statements". As for the Pakistan PM's continual comments about Kashmir, he had this to say: "Kashmir seems to be nearer to Islamabad than Balochistan as the leaders and the media listen to and quickly react to grievances of the Kashmiris."

The Pakistan government's assertion, that Modi's Balochistan comments indicate India is fomenting trouble in the province, doesn't cut much ice with Mengal.

"If there's Indian involvement in Balochistan then by all means fight against it. Why kill our own people to prove a point to India," he asked at the Karachi 'Meet the Press' event.

Similarly, Mengal blamed Pakistan's increasingly global isolation on the government's and Pakistani Army's domestic policies.

"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."

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