Narendra Modi not first to talk about Balochistan, UPA did it too: Congress

Party's chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala said none less than the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in reply to a parliamentary question on March, 2, 2006, categorically condemned the spiralling violence in Balochistan.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 10, 2016 5:05 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not the first to raise concern over the situation in Balochistan, Congress said on Tuesday, insisting that the party-led UPA government had consistently spoken about the “spiralling violence” and “heavy Pakistani military action”.

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“Congress and UPA government have condemned the human rights violations in Balochistan as also in PoK by Pakistani forces and establishment on multiple occasions in the past,” party’s chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala said, noting that the first time the UPA did so was on December 27, 2005.

Besides, he said, none less than the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in reply to a parliamentary question on March, 2, 2006, categorically condemned the spiralling violence in Balochistan and heavy military action, including use of helicopter gunships and fighter jets by the government of Pakistan to suppress the people of Balochistan.

Earlier, in the wake of reported killing of 50 Baloch people in the Pakistani army action, a spokesman for the External Affairs Ministry had expressed hope that the government of Pakistan would exercise restraint and take recourse to peaceful discussions to address the grievances of the people of Balochistan, Surjewala said.

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His statement came a day after the Congress appeared to be speaking in different voices on the issue and the AICC even distancing itself from the remarks of senior leader Salman Khurshid on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reference to Balochistan in his Independence Day address.

Congress had termed Khurshid’s remarks as “his personal view”.

In his address from the ramparts of the Red Fort on Monday, Modi had talked about the situation in PoK, Gilgit and Balochistan and said people from there have thanked him for raising their issues.

Noting that Modi must realise the “folly” of BJP and its leadership in opposing Congress and UPA earlier, Surjewala said the Prime Minister instead of indulging in self-praise and self-promotion as he did in the Independence Day address, needs to have a sense of history and must thank his predecessor Singh.

“Rhetoric from Red Fort and headline management by PM Modi is fine but he needs to tell the nation about the BJP government’s actual ‘Pak Policy’ that leaves even the most vocal supporters of Modi completely confused and bewildered,” he said.

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    Indian_Abroad
    Aug 16, 2016 at 4:30 pm
    Congress is suffering from inferiority complex.lt;br/gt;When did the PM (or anybody from the BJP) say that he was the first?lt;br/gt;Yet, when did anybody from Congress ever spoke so decisively with a resolve on Balochistan?lt;br/gt;Congress is full of Salman Khurshids and Digvijay Singhs.
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    1. Venkataraman Jagadesan
      Aug 16, 2016 at 11:26 pm
      Why are they so apologetic about the Balchistan affair? We all know how mr Mounsingh was so apologetic at Sheilamana Shiekh about our position on Blochistan with the view to please his dearest friend Mr Sheriff and how embarring it was for us. Any how our PM is categorical in telling that they will help them by raising the issue in the International Forum and this was liked by the Balochistan people. Congress had always problems and if any one speaks something which do not suit them then they will disown it by telling that it is the personal view of that person. We are happy that they are not criciticizing the BJP for this. Jai Hind.
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        danny
        Aug 16, 2016 at 7:07 pm
        First they said Balochistan is not india's business, now they r modi is not first one to talk abt Balochistan..lt;br/gt;Serious problem with kangress
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          Shafted mohammed
          Aug 16, 2016 at 6:35 pm
          Ya that's true UPA did talk and admit to India helping the terrorists in Baluchistan when the fact was India was not supporting terrorism in any form in Sharm al sheikh declaration signed by manmohan singh. This was the stupidest move and disgrace to the nation.
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            Aug 16, 2016 at 7:06 pm
            Congress indirectly saying that the congress is the first one to create the Muslim terrorism in Kashmir!
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