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Former Baloch CM: India, Pakistan using us to play politics

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif is using the issue of Kashmir to play politics and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is using the issue of Balochistan to do the same, a former chief minister of Pakistan's beleaguered province at an event in Karachi on Sunday.

"He [ Modi] has no interest in Balochistan or its people; his statements are just that: statements. Similarly, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is not interested in Kashmir or Kashmiris, either. Both the premiers are playing politics over dead bodies+ ," said Akhtar Mengal of the Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) at the Karachi Press Club.

Mengal was chief minister of Balochistan from February 1997 to June 1998. He returned to Pakistan in March 2013, after his four-odd years of self-exile in Dubai.

Mengal termed PM Modi's recent comments highlighting Pakistan's oppression of the Baloch people as "just empty statements". As for the Pakistan PM's ongoing comments about Kashmir, he said: "Kashmir seems to be nearer to Islamabad than Balochistan as the leaders and the media listen to and quickly react to grievances of the Kashmiris."

Talking about Pakistan's accusation of India fomenting trouble in Balochistan, he said, "If there's Indian involvement in Balochistan then by all means fight against it. Why kill our own people to prove a point to India?"