Karzai lauds Modi’s remarks on Balochistan

Karzai lauds 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: Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks on the human rights situation in Balochistan, saying that there was extreme suffering in the region at the hands of “extremists promoted by state structures of Pakistan”.

“Afghanistan and India have been very reserved in their comments on Pakistan from a very long long time. Of course, we need to talk because we are on the same platform,” Karzai said in an interview to NewsX news channel.

“In Balochistan, there is extreme suffering at the hands of extremists promoted by state structures in Pakistan,” he added.

Karzai also said that India had approached the issue concerning Afghanistan with some caution.

“Yes, India approached the issue with caution and we understood it. There are considerations of Pakistani sensitivities which we of course disagree with,” he said.

Modi, in his Independence Day address from the Red Fort, had referred to the situation in Balochistan, Gilgit, Baltistan and said people from these regions had thanked him a lot over the past few days for support.