“The idea was to pit the juniormost officer as a courageous voice against a head of government. The optics was the key, since the response will be viewed beyond the UNGA hall,” an Indian diplomat, who worked on the speech, said.
In May this year, Modi said in an interview to The Wall Street Journal: “In my view, our ties can truly scale great heights once Pakistan removes the self-imposed obstacle of terrorism in the path of our relationship.”
Bugti, who spoke to Indian embassy officials on Monday over telephone from Geneva, has been living in Geneva for the last six years, and his application for political asylum in Switzerland is “pending with the Swiss authorities”.
Islamabad also called for an end to the “human rights violations against the innocent people of J&K”. Further, the country put the ball in India’s court, inviting Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to visit Islamabad by month-end.
Narendra Modi's Independence Day speech drew an angry reaction from Islamabad which claimed this “only proves Pakistan’s contention that India, through its main intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing, has been fomenting terrorism in Balochistan”.