Will Balochistan be free ever?

With rising tensions in Kashmir, Balochistan has, become a buzzword in India in last 5 years, though we know their struggle is as old as independence of India and Pakistan. Baloch who are waging a lonely battle against the might of the Pakistani state, are facing a lot of atrocities in the hands of Pakistani state. ‘The Thekedars of Human Rights’ in west are silent on the oppression of Baloch people. I see many friends on Facebook and Twitter extending their support on Kashmir’s separatist movement, calling it human’s first right to crusade against human rights violation, I see media houses from New York to Australia, blotting rims of papers in the favor of those cowards who are waging a war against India in the shields of women and children.

I do not question their wisdom, I do not judge their intentions, but one thing that I can assure you is-they are hypocrites at their hearts and minds. What silents their voice when it comes to speak about free Balochistan? What makes west to ignore the violation of human rights in Balochistan?

Why Balochistan is less important than Syria, Libya, Afghanistan or Kashmir? Why the terrorists in Kashmir, Naxalite in Chattisgarh are seen as rebels, but the rebels and martyrs of Balochistan are seen as illiterate savages?

We know the answer too. But these brave Balochs are fighting un-wavered, Balochistan is currently seeing the fifth and longest and bloodiest uprising against Pakistani rule. Will their struggle yield any fruit?

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What is the Balochistan conflict?

In 1947, when British colonial rule came to an end in the Indian subcontinent, 535 princely states were given the option of either acceding to India or Pakistan through merger of territory, or remaining free and independent. Divided by the Goldsmith Line of 1871, Balochistan was split between Pakistani and Iranian occupation, with some bits spilling into Afghanistan on account of the flawed Durand Line. Balochistan was forcibly converted into a province of Pakistan, against the wishes of the Baloch and their Khan, though brave Baloch were, and remain, a fiercely independent people, with their own cultural and social identity. Brutal repression by the Pakistani Army has failed to break the spirit of resistance. Baluchis are a fierce tribe. They have never subdued in their entire history except in the last 50 years where they were made slaves of muddy politics in the name of Pakistan. The first uprising of the Balochs happened during Military Dictator Ayub Khan’s regime, though it was quashed. There have been 2–3 more uprisings, but the Pakistani state has been brutally suppressing these, killing the young Balochs, raping their women and leaving their children orphan. After the assassination of the Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti in 2006, the rebellion changed gears and became more intense.

Will Balochistan be free ever?

They say, separatist movements only succeed if there’s some great power pushing for them. Look at Libya and Egypt’s uprising. Having millions of dollars of funding, backed by powerful nations, having ultra-moderns weapons in their artillery, rebels all around the world have pushed their revolutions successively. But when it comes to Balochistan, no one really cares for Balochs & their troubles. There is no international support of Baloch movement for freedom because the countries that share borders with Balochistan presume that an independent Balochistan would result in more violence and destabilization. Iran sees free Balochistan as a threat to it’s economic & geopolitical interests, China sees free Balochistan as a hindrance in it’s devilish power-play in Indian subcontinent, Afghanistan is busy with own problems and… India despite of having one of the biggest strategic win of the world (Bangladesh-1971) in it’s credit, is advancing too slow in the diplomatic cloak-and-dagger policies about supporting free Balochistan movement.

Some people compare, Balochistan’s struggle with that of Bangladesh’s. But they must remember the face of Banglasdesh’s freedom movement Mukti Bahini (the Bangladeshi National Liberation Army) consisted of all the classes of their lands, be it doctors, laborers, journalists or the farmers, everyone jumped into the movement regardless of their ethnicity, religion, sects under a same banner. The spirit of freedom painted every color of Bangladesh (east Pakistan then) on a single canvas of revolution. Seeing potential to wage a full-scaled war against the satanic state of Pakistan in the unity of Mukti Bahini, communist leaders of Balgladesh also joined the movement and ultimately India extended their unconditional support to Bangladesh. But Balochistan, unfortunately, has failed to do so. Baloch freedom call is led by tribal chieftains some of who continuously change positions on this issue (depending on their proximity to power). They are not united. They do not stand firm on their stand, the lack of determination in leaders, weakens the spirit of freedom, for example, one of the biggest rebel Brahamdagh Bugti (grandson of Akbar Bugti), offered his surrender with the words, “If people of Balochistan aren’t interested in freedom then we can negotiate”.  As leaders have no political acumen, the youth of Balochistan is loosing it’s spirit of revolution. The Pakistani army and ISI has cashed this scenario in most nefarious way pushing the Baloch youth in menace of drugs, so that they loose the grip on their culture, they forget the need of freedom, and ultimately loose their own lands that has been non-nonchalantly a free land of Balochs for century irrigated by sweat and blood of their ancestors. Drinking water that is basic need of life isn’t easily available for Baloch people, but drugs are flooding at every nook and corner plaguing Baloch youth, all thanks to ISI. I would like to recite Mao’s quote here, “Keep men, lose land: land can be taken again. Keep land, lose men: land and men are both lost”. Some people might feel it irrelevant here, but folks, having youth deluged in drugs is no less than loosing them.

But looking at the other side of coin, Hong Kong dares China, Ukraine dares Russia, Peshmerga dares ISIS – size doesn’t really matters. Sometimes! Pakistan is currently a failed country, a filed country can be easily be parted in different free states without waging a war even. It isn’t easy to defeat a Guerrilla ware so easy. Some of brave Baloch fighters have mastered the art of Guerrilla warfare, just it is that they are not united and organised under a same banner and efficient leadership. An army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by a sheep. Once rebels unite themselves for a common cause, and represent themselves fiercely on both war and diplomatic front, it would be easy to bring the matter into limelight making it a high ground for India to intervene and support their movement and to raise the issues of human-rights violation in UN’s court, without getting into any quid pro quo deals with the devils. Overall, Balochistan have very high chances to be a country as a free nation, if they stand united on diplomatic front and fight organized in Guerrilla warfare they can persue this seemingly distant dream.

Update: Indian Philanthropist addresses Balochistan issue in Bollywood movie

Indian philanthropist and spiritual saint, Dr Gurmeet Ram Rahim, has addressed the issue of Balochistan in his movie Hind Ka Napak Ko Jawab. The plight of Baluch women, and youth who dare to raise the voice against Pakistan’s state sponsored atrocities is sensibly portrayed in the movie.

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