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'US does not support independence for Balochistan'

Kirby also avoided commenting on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statements regarding the issue and said he had underlined US's reaction well.? Photograph: (Getty)

WION Washington, United States Sep 13, 2016, 03.28 AM (IST)
US respects the unity and territorial integrity of Pakistan and does not support independence for Balochistan, John Kirby, US state department spokesman, said on Monday while addressing a press briefing. 

"The government policy is that we support the territorial integrity of Pakistan and we do not support independence for Balochistan," he said when asked about the controversy stirred after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reference to human rights in Balochistan during the Indian Independence Day speech last month. 

Kirby also avoided commenting on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statements regarding the issue and said he had underlined US's reaction well. 

During his press briefing, Kirby was answering questions on Russia, Syria, North Korea and Pakistan, when he was asked United States position on the Baloch subject. 

While celebrating India's Independence Day on August 15, Indian Prime Minister Modi raised Balochistan and Gilgit saying the people of Baloch were grateful to him for raising their issues.

This was in response to Pakistan's criticism over India's handling of Kashmir Valley, gripped with violence following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)  
 
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