New Delhi: In his over 90-minute Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday openly came out in support of "freedom" for Balochistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and stressed the need for social harmony in India.
In a first for any Prime Minister in an August 15 address, Modi referred to human rights abuses in Balochistan and the part of Kashmir Pakistan controls.
"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 last week on excesses in Pakistan's largest province and in the Kashmir it holds.
The PM's comments have unnerved the Pakistani media so much that it has started questioning Islamabad's policies.