Talking to news agency ANI, Khurshid said that the foreign policy of NDA government is immature. Earlier, he slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his reference to Balochistan on Independence Day by saying that it will give Pakistan a reason to interfere in India's internal matters.
"Balochistan is a different thing from PoK (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir). We have every right to speak about PoK because it is our matter. Balochistan is not," Khurshid said.

However, the Congress has distanced itself from Khurshid’s remark by saying that ‘it is his personal view’.
"Congress does not subscribe to the statement of Salman Khurshid who is a senior leader. He can have his own opinion. Our view is very, very clear. Congress party believes there are serious human rights violations in Balochistan and the voice of democratic dissent is being suppressed by Pakistani forces and agencies. Similar human rights violations are being committed by the armed forces of Pakistan in PoK which is an integral part of India. All such issues need to be raised and need to be sorted out,” the head of Congress' communication department Randeep Surjewala said.

“We support the government. However what is Modi going to do for taking up these issues on a bilateral forum with Pakistan so that suppression of democratic dissent in Balochistan and PoK come to end and what he and his government are going to do about raising these issues on international forums," he also added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence Day speech came out openly in support of "freedom" for Balochistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

"I want to speak a bit about the people in Balochistan, Gilgit, and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The world is watching. People of Balochistan, Gilgit and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir have thanked me a lot in the past few days. I am grateful to them," PM Modi had said.


(With agency inputs)

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