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Ex-Afghan President Karzai backs PM Modi’s remarks on Balochistan

Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai speaks during an interview in Kabul December 25, 2014. Afghanistan's retired president, Karzai, meets his successor almost every day and advises him on key policy issues, he said in an interview, a role that could raise concerns in the West over ties with Kabul. Picture taken December 25, 2014. To match Interview AFGHANISTAN-KARZAI/ REUTERS/Omar Sobhani (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS)

New Delhi: The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has endorsed the remarks of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the human rights situation in Balochistan province of Pakistan.

Karzai, who is on a visit to India, told reporters that India has every right to respond to Pakistan’s provocations, reported the Khaama Press.

He was of the opinion that India has no intention to go conduct a proxy war in the region as it has a tradition of peaceful co-existence.

Prime Minister Modi, in his Independence Day address, had thanked the people of Balochistan, Gilgit and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir for the goodwill they have shown towards him.

He had last week in an all-party meeting on Kashmir said the “time has come that Pakistan shall have to answer to the world for the atrocities committed by it against the people in Balochistan and PoK”.

His statement about atrocities in Balochistan has hit a nerve with Pakistan, who has now voiced that it would raise the Kashmir issue at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). (ANI)