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Former Afghan president Hamiz Karzai backs PM Modi’s stand on Balochistan

India TV Politics Desk New Delhi 20 Aug 2016, 9:52:44 AM IST
India TV Politics Desk

Afghanistan’s former President Hamid Karzai has backed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on the human rights situation in Balochistan.

Karzai, who is in India for the fourth time since he left office two years ago, on Friday said that India had every right to respond to Pakistan’s provocations.

“The Pakistani authorities have been speaking freely about both India and Afghanistan. This is the first time that they have heard from the Indian Prime Minister. Therefore, India is not the first. Neither was Afghanistan the first,” he said.

“We in this region have suffered immensely from violence, from the promotion of extremism and especially from the violation of rights, specifically the right to development. Therefore, the Prime Minister’s remarks to allow the people of Balochistan to enjoy a violence free life and to aspire for their own development and progress is something we appreciate and welcome,” he added.

Karzai, however, said that he don’t think India intends to go to any proxy wars in the region as it has a tradition of peaceful coexistence.

Karzai said that the Prime Minister was only talking of providing moral support to the Baloch.

“India will not engage in a proxy war… I know the Indian mentality. India will seek to ameliorate things, to resolve things, rather than aggravate… It is always about softening things, not about hardening things,” he said.

The role of Pakistani spy agency ISI in spreading terrorism in Afghanistan does not need the confirmation of documents as revealed by a former Afghan spy chief, he said.

“We don’t need to see those documents. Those are very small token samples of a much larger picture… We see it on the ground. We see it is in our daily life. We see how it is done. How vulnerabilities of individuals, families are employed,” he said.

He appealed to “Pakistani brothers that enough damage has been done to all of us, including our brothers in Pakistan”.

Karzai’s remarks, who has often attacked Pakistan for its support to the Taliban, comes a day after Bangladesh Information Minister Hassanul Haq Inu hailed PM Modi’s Independence Day statements.

PM Modi had during his Independence Dau speech came out openly in support of "freedom" for Balochistan and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.