Wrong projection of Baloch protesters & RAW backing Militant: PM comes harsh
Caretaker Prime Minister Anwarul Haq Kakar asserted on Monday that Baloch militant groups were receiving financial support from the Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) to carry out terrorist activities in the country. Addressing a press conference in Lahore, the prime minister responded to calls for militants to face legal proceedings, pointing out that despite nearly 90,000 casualties in the country, only a minimal number of convictions had occurred. He criticized the flawed criminal justice system, alleging that individuals were committing numerous murders after receiving funds from India, particularly from RAW.
Regarding the police action against Baloch protesters in Islamabad, the premier acknowledged it should not have occurred but mentioned that officials were attacked with stones, prompting the use of force. He strongly criticized comparisons between the situation and the conflict in Gaza, emphasizing that such analogies were unjustified.
Addressing the issue of missing persons’ families protesting, Kakar acknowledged their right to protest and clarified that the government’s conflict was with militant organizations like the Baloch Liberation Army, Baloch Liberation Front, and Baloch Republican Army, which advocate armed struggle against Pakistan. He highlighted that these groups had caused thousands of casualties and stated that the government did not oppose peaceful protests by Baloch families but condemned terrorism linked to them.
“Sympathizers should join Militants then”
Kakar urged those sympathizing with the militants to join them openly. He defended the use of water cannons as a standard practice and expressed willingness for dialogue with Baloch protesters, criticizing their demanding conditions. The prime minister emphasized that his fight was against militant organizations and not against Baloch families, stressing their right to protest even if their relatives were involved in terrorism.
About his ethnicity, Kakar reiterated that his fight was against fake sympathizers, and he should not be ridiculed for his stance. He highlighted the overwhelming support of the Baloch community for the country and expressed frustration that questions about the treatment of Baloch protesters in Islamabad overshadowed incidents like the burning deaths of 14 people on the coastal highway.