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New Delhi: The Chinese state-run media Global Times on Monday wrote a scathing analysis of India’s intervention in Balochistan where India has raised human rights violation issues in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) region.

“After reluctant attempts to revitalize Indo-Pak relations, Narendra Modi, now in his third year as Indian prime minister, has lost patience and switched to the expected hardline tone of hostility,” the Global Times wrote in the first paragraph.

Highlighting Prime Minister Modi’s announcement of compensation for affected civilians in Kashmir, the article mentioned that the Kashmiris on the Pakistani side of the border could claim the same compensation too. The article also criticised Modi’s Independence Day speech as another provocation where the PM had expressed his gratitude to the people of Balochistan for the way they thanked him.

“After reluctant attempts to revitalize Indo-Pak relations, Narendra Modi, now in his third year as Indian prime minister, has lost patience and switched to the expected hardline tone of hostility. The latest example is an Indian government statement made days ago, in which it announced it would increase the compensation for civilian victims of terror from 300,000 rupees ($4,468) to 500,000. More importantly, Kashmiris on the Pakistani side of the border can claim this compensation, too,” the article mentioned.

The article also mentioned that Modi’s decision was inspired by a small team filled by influential ministers and people who are the veterans of “Cold war” with Pakistan. “Some are members of the National Executive of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, a right-wing organization that provides ideological support to Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party,” it said.

However, the article did not mention anything about the ambitious China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) where China has invested around $46 billion in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, an economic move which has been censured by Baloch and Sindhi leaders.

The article accused of PM Modi of trying to divert attention from the turmoil in Kashmir by bringing in Balochistan. “Not surprisingly, there are speculations that Modi is just trying to divert global attention from what’s going on in the valley. This may only make it even trickier for India to find a resolution by deliberately expanding the range of bilateral conflicts,” the article said.

First Published | 30 August 2016 8:26 AM
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