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BNC condemns Pakistan's foreign minister's 'hypocritical' remarks at UN



Balochistan National Congress (BNC), a Washington D.C. based Baloch body, has strongly condemned Pakistan's Foreign Minister Makhdoom Mehmood Shah Qureshi over his "hypocritical" remarks at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Session.

The BNC said, Qureshi while speaking at the UNGA's 73rd Session in New York had called the Indian atrocities against the Kashmiri people unjust and unacceptable, but he fell short to mention Pakistan's illegal and unjust occupation of Balochistan and the Pakistan army's atrocities against the innocent and defenseless Baloch people in the occupied Balochistan.

"On one side Qureshi is shedding crocodile tears for the Kashmiri people, but at the same time, he has closed his eyes over Pakistan's illegal, immoral and unjust occupation of Balochistan and Pakistan army's atrocities against the innocent and defenseless Baloch citizens in the occupied Balochistan. What a hypocrite, two-faced and double standard person he is," said Dr. Baloch, the president of BNC.

"Under what international laws Pakistan continues to occupy Balochistan and exploits its natural resources against the will and mandate of Baloch people?" he asked.

The BNC president further said that "it is time for Pakistan to end the illegal, immoral and unjust occupation of Balochistan and leave Balochistan peacefully without any further bloodshed and violence."

"Pakistan is in violation of international laws for illegally occupying Balochistan against the will and mandate of Baloch people and Pakistan has no right to stay in Balochistan but needs to peacefully withdraw its forces from the occupied Balochistan and Balochistan's sovereign status as an independent and free country must be restored according to the international laws," said Dr. Baloch.

He also asked the community and leaders to support the struggle of Baloch people in their fight for freedom and justice in the occupied Balochistan against the "illegal occupation of their motherland and exploitation of their natural resources by Pakistan, Iran and China".

He asked the Baloch militants to shun the path of militancy and violence and use only peaceful means of struggle to secure Balochistan for the Baloch people.

The BNC president said, "BNC only believe in peaceful means of struggle and is against the violence, terrorism and extremism in its all forms and shapes".

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Wed, October 03 2018. 07:00 IST