Gautam Guha, Agami Kalarab: There are many communities in the world who are invaded, oppressed, mass-slaughtered and tortured. Baloch nation is one of them. Today on the mark of their 73th Independence day named as commitment in memory of hundreds of martyrs to regain their self rights from invaders. Baloch leader Naela Quadri fear that the ethnic minority of Baloch would become exterminated at the hands of the Pakistani army. She compares the genocide meted out the people in Balochistan to that of Jews in Germany during Hitler’s time and the Bengalis in East Pakistan. “As per the existing population, every day 10 to 50 people (in Balochistan) are getting disappeared which will result in the elimination of Baloch people,” Brahmadag Bugti leader of Baloch National movement once said that S A M Quadri, along with Ghaus Bakhsh Bizenjo and Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri, had approached Jawaharlal Nehru and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad in the early days of India’s independence to pressure Pakistan to free their region. Apparently, Nehru cold-shouldered the Baloch activists, and Azad said, “Balochistan bahut door hai (Balochistan is too far away)” and later Pakistan illegally occupied by their barbaric force to grab Balochistan in 1948. Leader of Free Balochistan Movement Hyrbyr Marry mentioned that ‘China and Pakistan are rogue states, they are criminals and occupiers who want to eliminate Balochistan’. The CPEC will be a corridor of death and destruction for people of Balochistan, not a development project. Once China finds a foothold in Balochistan and constructs naval and military bases in Jiwani and Sonmiani, then it is not only a threat to Baloch people but also a military threat to India, United States and Europeans. Balochistan is located in a very important strategic region and if Chinese get control of our country then they will be able to project their military power in South Asia, the Middle East and beyond. Most horrible news is that a report by the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has noted that at the current rate of influx of Chinese nationals into Balochistan and after completion of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the native population of the area will be outnumbered by 2048.
The Baloch national struggle can effectively reduce the territorial size of Pakistan into half and can also provide India with potential long-term influence from Chabahar to Strait of Hormuz in a post-regime Iran. It will also strengthen the pro-Indian democratic forces in Afghanistan because there is already an understanding among Afghan and Baloch to see the region free of Pakistani backed terrorism. Pakistani islamists are brainwashing young minds and diverting them from ‘Pen to Rifle’ which engages self-destruction mode for any nation. An independent Balochistan would pave the way for the total elimination of fake state Pakistan and after few years of Balochistan’s independence, Pakistan will be replaced by ethnic-based nation-states such as Sindhudesh and Pashtunistan.
Moreover, India also needs access to raw material for its emerging economy. Balochistan’s gold, copper, iron and other mineral resources which are being plundered by Chinese and Punjabi establishment would be available for the Indian industries and in return, Balochistan will get a fair price for its precious metals and resources. Balochistan which has great economic potential could be a new market for Indian technology and goods if it is free and sovereign.
Balochistan’s freedom will resolve many strategic issues and geographical dilemmas which India faces and create new markets for emerging India. Bringing geopolitical change in the region is an achievable and realistic goal; however, it cannot happen if the Indian political elite follows the same old strategy time and again and expect a different result.
This vicious circle of exploitation and Human Rights abuse will end only when they get freedom. Till then their freedom struggle should continue.