NEW DELHI: Even as Pakistan has begun to internationalize its Kashmir campaign+ , the country was hugely embarrassed after dozens of exiled Baloch activists in Germany came out on Saturday to chant anti-Pakistan protests and to laud Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his stirring call to end atrocities in the beleaguered province, Times Now reported.
Many of the Baloch activists were flying the Indian flag and shouting pro-Modi slogans at a rally they held in the town of Leipzig, Times Now reported. This protest came even as Nawaz Sharif announced that he has appointed a 22 MP ‘K’ squad to tour the world with a Kashmir agenda.
“We respect PM Modi, are thankful to him. Unlike Pakistan he treats us with humanity,” one protester Hooran Baloch said, according to Times Now . He added that Pakistan has again launched search operations in areas where Balochis live, and taken away “our brothers”.
Two weeks ago, in what is being seen a a big strategic shift, PM Modi began to call out Pakistan for its so-called hypocrisy in commenting about Kashmir even as it continues to oppress people within its borders. And now, Baloch activists in Pakistan and those forced into exile abroad are rallying around Modi’s stirring speeches against Pakistan’s atrocities in the Balochistan province and in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK).
“We want freedom”, ”Free Balochistan”, “Balochistan Zindabad’ and “Go ahead Modi” were some of the slogans raised during the Leipzig rally, ANI reported. “We are fighting for our nation. How many people will you kill? We believe in humanity, there is nothing higher than that to us,” Hooran Baloch said. “Our protest is for the people of Balochistan and for the human rights violation happening in Pakistan+ by the Pakistani state,” said another protester.
“The time has come when Pakistan shall have to answer to the world for the atrocities committed by it against people in Balochistan and PoK,” PM Modi said at an all-party meet in the second week of August. He bolstered his comments by again referring to the issue during his Independence Day Speech+ August 15.
The PM in his speech said that the Baloch people in Pakistan have thanked him+ for his firm stand against terror and for highlighting attacks against them by people within Pakistan.
“Baloch nation hopes that the United States and Europe will join Prime Minister Modi and hold Pakistan accountable for the crimes against humanity and the war crimes it has committed against the Baloch nation in 68 years of its occupation of Balochistan and during the five wars that the Baloch nation has fought with Pakistan to win its national freedom,” said Khalil Baloch, chairman of the Baloch National Movement, a day after the PM’s speech.