Islamabad, August 22: Pakistani religious party Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) lodged an FIR against Baloch leaders Karima Baloch, Brahumdagh Bugti and Hyrbiyair Marri for welcoming the PM Narendra Modi's stance on Balochistan and inviting India to intervene in the region’s struggle.
The FIR was launched in Khuzdar police station against these leaders who applauded PM Modi Independence Day’s speech talking about the Human rights violation and atrocities carried out by Pakistan in Balochistan province.
The FIR says that the Baloch leaders should be booked for propagating separatist thoughts by advocating a Prime Minister of a foreign soil like Narendra Modi. A total of five cases were registered on the complaints of petitioners Munir Ahmed, Maulana Muhammad Aslam, Muhammad Hussain, Ghulam Yaseen Jatak and Muhammad Rahim in Balochistan's Khuzdar area.
The Baloch leaders were charged with sections 120, 121, 123 and 353 of Pakistan Penal Code. These sections implies - 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.
PM Narendra Modi during his Independence Day address from Red Fort had raised concern for Baluchistan which is facing atrocities by Pakistani authorities. PM had also thanked the people from Balochistan, Gilgit and PoK who supported his stance on the matter. "In the last few days the way the people of Balochistan, Gilgit, from Pak occupied Kashmir have thanked me, it is the honour of 1.25 billion people of India. I thank those people from Balochistan, Gilgit and Pak occupied Kashmir" PM had said.
Baloch nationalist leader Brahumdagh Bugti appreciated the PM Modi I- Day speech and thanked him for mentioning the problem of the Balochistan which is facing massive atrocities by Pakistan. "The statement of Indian PM in his 70th Independence Day speech is very encouraging. I thank the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for speaking about Balochistan problem," Bugti had said in a video.
The video which was circulated on Facebook through his account, quoted him to be encouraged by the turn of events and hoped that the Indian government would continue with this policy. “It is very encouraging for me, personally, and for the Baloch people who have been struggling for their independence for so long. I thank PM Modi and hope this will continue as India’s policy. India must raise the issue of human rights violations, systematic genocide by Pakistan’s army, just like it happened in Bangladesh.” he had said.
Meanwhile, on the occasion on Rakshabandhan, a young political activist of Balochistan, Karima Baloch called upon PM Narendra Modi, calling him her brother and expressed her gratitude. She voiced that Prime minister be the voice of Baloch genocide, war crimes and human rights violation at international forums.
“On this day I have come to you and would like to say that we consider you as our brother. And we expect that you become the voice of Baloch genocide, war crimes in Balochistan, human rights violation in international forums and become the voice of those sisters whose brothers are missing,” Karima said in a video message.
In the end of the video, she thanked Modi, in his native language, Gujarati. She said that she was grateful about his words on Balochistan.
Also, Baloch leader Hyrbiyar Marri, who lives in Germany in exile, staged a protest against Pakistan in front of German parliament, where he organized a 700-kilometre-long march by foot with other Baloch activists in Berlin.
The London based Baloch separatist leader had unambiguously stated that India should extend its moral and diplomatic support to the ongoing struggle for independence in Balochistan against Pakistan’s illegal occupation of Baloch land and people in an exclusive interview.
He had said that ‘I would like to reiterate the point that the Afghan and Indian governments, and all other free nations should include Balochistan in their foreign policy decision making, and support the Baloch national liberation struggle politically, morally and diplomatically at all forums’.
He had also pointed that Balochitstan was an independent and sovereign country for centuries until they were invaded by Pakistan in 1948. Since then Baloch are struggling to free their country and end Pakistan’s colonial rule.