All India Radio to air Baloch news bulletin?
This comes close on the heels of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Baloch remark where he referred to human rights violations in the region triggering sharp reactions from the neighbour country. Photograph: (Reuters)
AIR director general Fayyaz Sheheryar disclosed in a meeting recently that the external services division of the national broadcaster is shortly going to start an exclusive news bulletin in “Balochi” language particularly for the people living in Balochistan province of Pakistan and other areas, according to PTI news agency.
ANI news agency also confirmed the report today.
All India Radio(AIR) too soon start programs in Balochi language. Govt gives approval : AIR sources— ANI (@ANI_news) August 31, 2016
This comes close on the heels of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Baloch remark where he referred to the human rights violations in Balochistan triggering sharp reactions from Pakistan. He made the comments during the Indian Independence Day speech on August 15. Modi also said that he was thanked by the people of Balochistan and Pakistan-controlled-Kashmir, including Gilgit-Baltistan, for flagging their problems.
The remark, however, prompted Pakistan's foreign office spokesman Nafees Zakaria to say that 'Modi had crossed the red line' with the statement. He also claimed that the statement had further strained the ties between the two countries amid the ongoing unrest in Kashmir Valley. Zakaria was referring to the ongoing protests in Kashmir Valley that were triggered following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.
A top Baloch leader, Brahumdagh Bugti, president of the Baloch Republican Party also alleged last week that Pakistan is engaged in 'tsunami of human rights violations in Balochistan' as he sought the help of international community and India.
(WION with inputs from agencies)