New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day 2016 speech raked up the issue of PoK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) and Balochistan, thanking people from these regions for their words of praise. “In the last few days, there have been talks of Gilgit, PoK and Balochistan. People from these places have expressed their gratitude and have thanked me. I am very grateful and thankful to them. I have never met them, they live far away, but the fact that they are appreciating me is a matter of respect for the people of India,” the Prime Minister said.
In his concluding remarks at the all-party meet on Jammu and Kashmir, PM Modi had said, “the time has come when Pakistan shall have to answer to the world for the atrocities committed by it against people in Baluchistan and PoK.” His remarks had been welcomed by people of Balochistan, who had thanked the Prime Minister for his concern. Modi’s comments also come at a time when Gilgit-Baltistan is on fire after massive protests erupted against a crackdown by Pakistan’s security forces. Gilgit-Baltistan is a part of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
In his Independence Day speech, PM Modi also spoke strongly against terrorism. “This country will never bend before terrorism. More than 35,000 jawans have lost their lives fighting at the border so that we can stay peacefully here,” he said. “To the youth who have taken up gun, I urge them to return to their parents, shun violence. If we have to strengthen India’s democracy, we must shun violence and embrace humanity,” PM Modi said.