NEW DELHI: Pakistan is 'terrified' since India Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken up the cause of the Baloch people who are being oppressed by the Pakistan government and military, said Mehran Marri, the Baloch Representative at the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC), to ANI today.

"Pakistan's military and establishment is having chills running down their spine since PM Modi spoke about Balochistan. They have intensified military operations in many Baloch areas in recent weeks," Marri said

The Baloch leader is referring to Modi calling out Pakistan on the Indian Independence Day, when he began to allege human rights abuses in Balochistan and AJK. 

"Myself and the Baloch nation are very grateful to India for raising the issue of Balochistan, especially on Aug 15 and then again as recent as two days ago in the UNHRC, so we are very optimistic," Marri said.

The Baloch people, he added, believe and see India as being "very serious" about addressing the issue of Balochistan and human rights violations that Pakistan is committing there.

"The US is well aware of the connivance and dirty games that Pakistan's agencies and its military play in Balochistan. We will request the US Govt to rethink their policy regarding Pakistan and take a step in the same direction as India and Afghanistan have taken," the Baloch leader said.

Earlier this week, India raised the issue of 'Pakistan's rights abuses' at the UNHRC.

"Pakistan is characterized by authoritarianism, absence of democratic norms and widespread human rights violations across the country, including Balochistan," India said.

"It will be in the fitness of things if Pakistan focuses its energies on improving the human rights situation within Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir," said Ajit Kumar India's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, said in a statement at the 33rd Session of the UNHRC at Geneva, earlier this week.

Courtesy TOI