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Backstage terrorism: All India Radio to launch news service in Balochi language

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NEW DELHI: The All India Radio (AIR) has decided to launch its news service in Balochi language – a move hinting at India’s another step ahead to intrude into Pakistan’s resource-rich province.

Pakistan has long been pointing fingers at India for supporting a separatist insurgency in Balochistan.

Indian spy, belonging to India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) – its main external intelligence agency – was captured in Quetta in March 24 this year. He was identified as Kalbhushan Yadav.

“(Pakistan) conveyed its protest and deep concern on the illegal entry into Pakistan by a RAW officer and his involvement in subversive activities in Balochistan and Karachi,” Pakistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement, referring to the message conveyed to India’s ambassador a day later.

In a latest move, the All India Radio has decided to enhance enhance news bulletin in Balochi language.

The Times of India reported that  the move came in the backdrop of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech in which he had brought up the issue of alleged Pakistani atrocities on people of Balochistan.

It was for the first time the areas of Pakistan were mentioned by any Prime Minister during his Independence speech.

“The range of programmes transmitted from Jammu station of AIR can now be heard beyond and areas of Pakistan’s Punjab province,” the TOI reported.

“With the introduction of Digital Radio Mondial transmission, the sound waves are loud, steady and uniform, without missing gaps due to absence of disruption of signal.”

‘Pakistan must proactively deal with this issue’

Senior ARY anchorperson Arshad Sharif said similar step was taken by then India prime minister Indira Gandhi in 1971 in East Pakistan before its split. He said the same nexus is now being seen in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, speaking to ARY News Brigadier (retd) Haris Nawaz said India was taking every step to portray Pakistan in bad light with respect to Balochistan. He said Pakistan government needs to proactively take up this issue.

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