PM Modi’s Balochistan reference unnecessary: Kapil Sibal

Asserting that it was not a well-thought statement, Sibal said the way Prime Minister spoke about other country from the rampart of Red Fort is a matter of concern.

By: ANI | New Delhi | Published: August 16, 2016 12:09 am
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Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reference of Balochistan in his speech “unnecessary”, former law minister and Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Monday said instead of addressing issues concerning the nation, he spoke on “vague matters”.

Asserting that it was not a well-thought statement, Sibal said the way Prime Minister spoke about other country from the rampart of Red Fort is a matter of concern.

“Prime Minister’s speech should inform the country as to what has happened in the last one year and what are the issues that confront the nation and what are the issues that need to be addressed and those issues. The Prime Minster should have applied his mind and addressed the nation, but the real issues were absent in Prime Minister’s address. Instead we had some reference to Balochistan and I don’t know who advised him to raise that issue from the ramparts of the Red fort,” said Sibal.

“I don’t think it was a well-thought out statement on Balochistan. And, there will be a fall out of this statement by the Prime Minister from Red Fort. No Prime Minister in the history of India has talked about some other country in this fashion. So, I am a little concerned about the manner in which this statement was made,” he added.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an oblique reference to the human rights situation in Pakistan’s Balochistan province besides Gilgit and other areas of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort.

“People of Balochistan, Gilgit and PoK have thanked me a lot in past few days, I am grateful to them,” Prime Minister Modi said, while addressing the nation on the occasion of 70th Independence Day.

“This is the example of our humanitarian approach, but there are some countries who glorify terrorists. To the youth, who have taken up guns, I urge them to return to their parents and shun violence,” he added.

Gilgit-Baltistan has witnessed massive protests that erupted against a crackdown by Pakistan’s security forces in recent weeks and resource rich Balochistan province has seen a crackdown by the Pakistani authorities, who say they are quelling an insurgency in the region.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Aug 24, 2016 at 2:51 pm
    Mr Sibal says " I think .,,,,,,,,". It is very good that he thinks. He should continue to keep thinking. May be sooner than later, he might get to think on right track,instead of always finding fault with others.
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      Siddanth shetty
      Aug 16, 2016 at 3:30 am
      I don't understand why Congress always points at what modi has to say?? I guess it was our independence day so the more you talk about our freedom and secularism in our country. If someone wants to target your country there is no better way to answer. And he has more time to talk about what changes that needs to me made and what has he done so far. Have any single person is praised for the changes tats taken place in few years now rather you guys will be waiting to point out on modi, please for countries development not your parties development. Just to reiterate on what modi said on his initial speech I not talking as "pradhan mantri". I am talking to you all as "pradhan sevak" which means social worker. So please stop pointing on what modi has to do, instead start working in the states where you have your left authority just to prove even you guys can do something for country development
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        laxmi
        Aug 15, 2016 at 11:51 pm
        It was the best thing Mr Modi talked about. Congress leaders are afraid of the pority and people shower on Modi.
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          ati
          Aug 15, 2016 at 11:36 pm
          Absolute non sense from indian politician. It would start another for tat, as india has seperation movement atleast in three states. If india do like that stan would reply and further instablity would be in the region. Indian leader should seriously think about there aude by which there broke hundustan. All region has been living togher from 1000 of years and this seperation had come only from 70 years. All of the stake holder sit on table and find the solution instead of destablization of the region and prospertiy of the people. They should start trade and exchange, start communication and gradually make this state as a bond of union rather starting conflict and wars for just the ego of politician that drive people into wrong direction. Learn something from EU, learn something from germany, canada and united states that living togther with respect and dignity.
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            din
            Aug 15, 2016 at 8:41 pm
            Kaya is not wrong just wait Kejari, Rahul, Sonia, Gulam NDTV, ABP all will be out to protect stani
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