India on Thursday said it would continue to raise the Balochistan issue so long as human rights violation and repression exist there and urged Pakistan to expedite the trail of Mumbai terrorist attack in 2008.
“Till the time Balochistan faces repression, and human rights violations continue there, India will raise this issue,” MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said. He was answering questions on India raising the Balochistan issue at the United Nations Rights Council in Geneva.
India and Pakistan are locked in a series of verbal exchanges over Jammu and Kashmir after the recent flare-up in the state.
Meanwhile, foreign secretary S Jaishankar has written to his Pakistani counterpart suggesting ways to expedite trial in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack case in the neighbouring country but is yet to get a response.
Jaishankar wrote the letter on September 6 which was hand-delivered by the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad on September 9, Swarup said.
Swarup said that if Pakistan is serious about bringing to justice the perpetrators of the attack, it must act on the suggestions as the entire strike was planned from Pakistan, was carried out by Pakistani nationals and all evidence are in Pakistan.
Baloch leaders to stage dharna at Pak high commission
Leaders of the Balochistan freedom movement, who are currently in India to garner support from their brethren settled in west UP cities, have decided to stage dharna at the Pakistan high commission in New Delhi. They want to highlight Pakistan’s alleged human rights violations in Balochistan before the global community.
The Balochistan movement apparently gathered momentum after PM Narendra Modi voiced concern over the issue during his Independence Day speech. Recently, a delegation of Baloch freedom movement leaders reached Baghpat, Meerut, Shamli and Aligarh to urge their brethren to support the movement.