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WBWF President Naela Quadri Baloch seeks India’s help for Balochistan’s Independence from Pakistan

The Canadian-based leader in self-exile, cited the alleged atrocities on Baloch women, genocide of Balochis and severe violations of human rights of the Baloch people

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Mumbai, November 01, 2016: World Baloch Women’s Forum (WBWF) President Naela Quadri Baloch on Tuesday sought India’s help for the cause of an independent Balochistan, but urged that the issue should not be mixed up with Kashmir.

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The Canadian-based leader in self-exile, currently travelling around the world to drum up support for Balochistan’s independence from Pakistan, cited the alleged atrocities on Baloch women, genocide of Balochis and severe violations of human rights of the Baloch people.

 “Pakistanis do not accept Balochis as their citizens, nor are we interested in becoming their citizens. We have been ‘independent’ since centuries, how can Pakistan claim its their internal issue?” she asked at a meet-the-press programme organised by the Press Club of Mumbai, presided over by India-Pakistan friendship activist Jatin Desai.
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World Baloch Women’s Forum (WBWF) President Naela Quadri Baloch. Youtube

Claiming that atrocities against Balochis have increased after China entered the scene, she also held it (China) equally responsible as the Pakistan Army for the “genocide” of the Baloch people.

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In this context, Quadri also voiced concerns over China’s growing influence in the Indian Ocean.

She attacked the Pakistan Army and charged it with using chemical warfare, allegedly kidnapping and killing Balochi women and children, and trading in their organs like eyes, kidneys, liver, etc.

Quadri welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative on the Balochi struggle during his Independence Day address this year followed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s speech in United Nations.

Though expressing disappointment over the lack of support from previous Indian governments, she said it was probably because they were in a coalition which has its own limitations.

“But, Modi has a clear mandate and he should support us. But the issue of Balochistan’s independence should not be linked with Kashmir,” Quadri urged.

She noted that an independent Balochistan, which has a long coastline, will help India open up its trade with Central Asian countries besides curbing Pakistan-sponsored terror.

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Quadri said the Balochis were lobbying hard for a “government-in-exile” as a step towards an independent Balochistan.

In Mumbai for four days now, she said she was overwhelmed by the warmth of the people of ‘Bombay’, and from the 500 Baloch-origin families settled here, besides another 800,000 scattered across India. (IANS)

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)