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Timeline : India's official stand on Balochistan

Timeline : India's official stand on Balochistan

📌In December 2005, for the first time, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesman while responding to a question on Balochistanexpressed ‘concern over the spiralling violence in Balochistan, including the use of helicopter Gunships and jet fighters’ and hoped that the Pakistan government would ‘exercise restraint and take recourse to peaceful discussions.

📌In 2006, the MEA spokesman once again mentioned Balochistan, this time
in response to a question related to the assassination of Nawab Akbar Bugti
by the Pakistani Army. The Indian advice to Pakistan was that ‘the heavy
casualties in the continuing military operations in Balochistan underline the
need for peaceful dialogue to address the grievances and aspirations of people
of Balochistan. Military force can never solve political problem

📌In 2007 Indian insisted it had nothing to do with developments in Balochistan

📌In 2009, the MEA spokesman dismissed Pakistani allegations that
India was supporting the BLA and said ‘These are entirely baseless allegations
and we see no reason to dignify them with a response.

📌By 2010, India was not just denying that it had nothing to do with Balochistan
but was also calling Balochistan ‘an internal affair of Pakistan’ and assuring the Pakistanis that India had no desire to interfere on this issue

📌In 2016, India once again started talking about Balochistan. This was not so much a major policy shift, but a payback to Pakistan for raking up Kashmir in the aftermath of the killing of the terrorist, Burhan Wani. Addressing an All Party Conference in New Delhi on 12 August 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the time had come to expose Pakistan’s brutalities in Balochistan and POK


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