13 September: Supporting the unity and territorial integrity of Pakistan, a state department official has said that US does not support independence for Balochistan.
“The government policy is that we support the territorial integrity of Pakistan and we do not support independence for Balochistan,” State Department Spokesman John Kirby told reporters at his daily news conference yesterday.
Kirby said this in response to a question on Prime Minister Modi’s remarks on August 15 about human rights violations in Balochistan. Earlier PM Modi on 15 August raised the issue of human violations in Balochistan.
“The world is watching. People of Balochistan, Gilgit, Baltistan and occupied Kashmir have thanked me a lot in the past few days. I am grateful to them,” Modi said referring to his comments earlier in the month at an all-party meeting on reported excesses in Pakistan’s largest province and in the part of Kashmir it holds.
Kirby was asked about the US stand on Balochistan where he reiterated that US government respects the unity and territorial integrity of Pakistan but doesn’t support the independence for Balochistan.
The public reference to Balochistan by Modi was viewed as India hitting back at Pakistan for persistently raising the Kashmir issue and its attempts to internationalise it.