Balochistan responded to Indian PM statements: FO

Zarghoon Shah

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office spokesman,  Mohammed Nafees Zakaria during the weekly news briefing said the people of Balochistan had responded to statements of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi by protesting across the province.

"The Indian PM's statement was an attempt to divert attention from the Kashmir issue," Mr. Zakaria said. 

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The spokesman said the situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) was being continuously monitored and human rights issues were also being highlighted by the Pakistani media.  

He added that over 80 Kashmiris had been martyred and 7,000 injured by Indian security forces.

Mr. Zakaraia further said that John Kerry had expressed his desire to visit Pakistan, however, a schedule for his visit had not been received.

Speaking on the SAARC conference, the spokesman said Pakistan was hopeful for this conference.

When asked about statements made by the MQMs Quaid, the spokesman replied that Pakistan’s Interior Ministry had contacted the British Home Office several times over this issue.