New Delhi, May 1: The people of Balochistan will vote for India in case there is a referendum because Indians never occupied their lands, said a top Baloch leader here on Saturday amid rising tensions between the local people and the government over the proposed CPEC project in Pakistan supported by China.
The statement came at a time when Pakistan has deployed additional security in the region fearing violent protest by the people of Balochhistan over the project.
The Pakistani authorities have already made a number of arrests of those opposing the CPEC project, which Islamabad claims would bring huge employment as well as rapid development to the region.
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project is also opposed by India as it passes through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
“People are aware that Gilgit-Baltistan is a disputed region, by arresting a few people, you (Pakistan) think CPEC will be built, and $42bn will be in your pockets, it’s a dream,” ANI quoted a senior Baloch leader Abdul Hamid Khan as saying.
He also said that “If a referendum happens, the people of Balochistan will vote for India because they never committed atrocities on us.”
He accused Pakistan of imposing a war on the Baloch people and said India never occupied their land.
“Pakistan’s coward army gave Siachen to India,” the chairman of the Balawaristan National Front alleged.