Exiled Baloch leader Munir Mengal has asserted that the Pakistan government is continuing to suppress their voices.
Mengal’s comments came in the wake of Islamabad’s action against Baloch leaders in-exile for allegedly backing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks on the atrocities in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.
Mengal told ANI that that Prime Minister Modi spoke for the humanity and freedom of Balochistan but the Nawaz Sharif-led government continued to suppress the voices by putting them behind bars.
“Prime Minister Modi made his statement on a humanitarian perspective. This move by Pakistan, however, does not come as a shock. Sometimes it lures by money, then threatens with sticks. People of Balochistan are familiar with such tricks,” Mengal said.
Earlier in Pakistan, the local police said that five cases have been registered against Baloch leaders-in-exile in Khuzdar area in this regard.
The cases were registered against Baloch Republican Party’s (BRP) Brahamdagh Bugti, Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) leader Harbiyar Marri and Baloch Students Organisation chairperson Karima Baloch.
The complaints were filed by Munir Ahmed, Maulana Muhammad Aslam, Muhammad Hussain, Ghulam Yaseen Jatak and Muhammad Rahim at five police stations in the region.
District police officer Muhammad Ashraf Jatak said the petitioners claimed that Bugti, Marri and Karima Baloch ‘supported’ Indian Prime Minister Modi’s August 15 speech.
The three leaders were booked under Section 120, 121, 123 and 353 of the Pakistan Penal Code which refer to “concealing design to commit offence punishable with imprisonment”, “waging or attempting to wage war or abetting waging of war against Pakistan”, “concealing with intent to facilitate design to wage war”, and “assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty”.
Prime Minister Modi, in his Independence Day address, had thanked the people of Balochistan, Gilgit and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) for the goodwill they have shown towards him.
He had in an all-party meeting on Kashmir said the “time has come that Pakistan shall have to answer to the world for the atrocities committed by it against the people in Balochistan and PoK.”
Modi’s statement about atrocities in Balochistan has hit a nerve with Pakistan, which has now voiced that it would raise the Kashmir issue at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).