Indian govt charts roadmap for Modi’s Balochistan policy

New Delhi—As the diplomatic exchange with Pakistan gets sharper by the day, India is discussing concrete steps to put its new policy on raising human rights violations in Balochistan into place, and the External Affairs Minister has been consulting former diplomats on its foreign policy implications, a report in The Hindu said Saturday.
“India has a strong human rights record, and we are naturally concerned about human rights violations in (Balochistan). How this is expressed in our diplomacy, you will have to wait and see,” said MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup.
But while the MEA says it “won’t divulge” its gameplan at the moment, government sources confirmed to The Hindu that the measures under discussion range from enlisting Indian embassies and missions worldwide to raise the issue of rights violations by Pakistan, easing visa restrictions on Balochis visiting India on the lines of the Cabinet’s recent notification on facilities extended to persecuted minorities from neighbouring countries, as well as allowing them more “political” space in India.
In the next few days, officials of the Home Ministry, External Affairs Ministry and PMO are expected to finalise details of announcements to be made on Balochistan. It will also decide whether the Baloch issue will be raised at the U.N. General Assembly this September, even as Pakistan says it intends to raise the violence in Kashmir at the U.N. —INP

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