By Liaqat Negeban - Translated by Rakshaani Baloch from Urdu How profoundly once Shaheed Mir Balach said: “Slavery is a state of sleep and forgetfulness, the complete opposite of wakefulness and freedom”, such enlightening words carry enormous hidden wisdom which comes to light by each passing day of Baloch defensive war of liberation. However, in this state of slavery when the realization of its dark impacts wakes a Baloch, then certainly he will search for happy and brighter days. Eastern Balochistan is completely out of such a state, they have woken, and those who are still sleeping, the thunder of guns have made them sleepless. They yawn and wake up with these words: “What is going on?” The Baloch defensive struggle for liberation has impacted Western Balochistan (Iranian Occupied Balochistan) long before. Fortunately now the pleasant influence of liberation has also started to appear in Northern Balochistan (Baloch land under Afghanistan’s control), which is admirable from all aspects.
The Baloch diaspora has been engaged in serious discussions since long time to highlight the Baloch genocide in Pakistan occupied Balochistan. They have come to the conclusion that Baloch should raise their voice in a very effective way because “if we (Baloch) are unable to highlight the atrocities and human rights violations, then there is no one else to raise our Nation’s plight.” The Baloch are also very well aware of the fact that if they (God forbid) lose the struggle this time, then no in world will support them to raise their heads again. Therefore, they believe whatever has to be done this is the right time – and the last chance.
Such great ideas were first time openly stated by Waja Abdul Sattar Pordali and Mir Khoda Nazar Sarmachaar during an Afghan TV talks show in March this year. The prominent Baloch leaders have made it crystal clear that Baloch land under Afghanistan’s control is historically part of united Balochistan and the British divided Balochistan in three parts against the will of Baloch Nation. The Durand and the Gold Smith line not only divided Balochistan in three parts but these artificial lines also separated many regions of Afghanistan against the will of Afghan people. The time has come for the world to redraw and fix these artificial and unnatural divisions of the land because both Baloch and Afghans have suffered enormously due to illegal lines which divided their sovereign states.
After the historical TV show the 8 July 2012 seminar in Kabul is a milestone and clear proves of Baloch liberation struggle’s gaining momentum. Waja Abdul Sattar Pordali, Sulaiman Laiq a respected academic, Madam Naila Qaderi, Abdul Rasheed Wazeeri adviser regional Studies Centre, Ahmed Saeedi an ex-Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan and Mohammad Yaseen Habib a representative of Daily Balochi all of them have made presentations. All speakers particularly highlighted the five points below in their speeches.
1. Baloch nation has been divided by unnatural means. Historically, it is unjust. 2. Baloch struggle is a genuine national liberation movement and it should not be mixed with derogatory terms like “separatist struggle”. 3. Without resolving the Baloch national problem, there will be no peace in the region. 4. Pakistan as a state is supporting terrorists. 5. Pakistan’s secret agencies (ISI) are not only involved in genocide of Baloch nation but they are also supporting the Taliban to destroy peace in Afghanistan.
The speeches of Ms Naila and Waja Abdul Sattar Pordili and the resolution which was passed in the light of their speeches are of great importance. Naila Qadri has stated that understanding the Baloch national problem is very easy because Baloch consider their homeland as an occupied territory and Pakistan as the occupying state. She further said, before Pakistan occupied Baloch land it had its longstanding historical identity and sovereign status.
Baloch are struggling to regain their independence which was forcefully occupied. She also said Baloch have continuously been struggling against the British invaders and when the British left Pakistan occupied Balochistan at gunpoint. The Baloch struggle for national liberation is at full swing and continues till this day.
Waja Abdul Sattar Pordili in his historical speech said, “Every free human being wishes to live in a world free of difficulties, pain and hurdle of artificial borders. Europe has been successful in this where we can see one Swedish can freely travel entire Europe without any visa and faces no problems while travelling from East to West. Here the legitimate question arises why a Baloch [having his own environment, language, custom, history and tradition] who wishes to travel Eastern Balochistan to Western Balochistan needs to ask permission from a stranger Punjabi while he travels on his own land?”
British colonial powers, for their own self-interest divided the Baloch homeland in three pieces: East, West and North. Baloch nation from day one not only disapproved such British unjust decisions but they have been struggling against it. Baloch nation has given countless sacrifices to live free like other free nations and would like to prosper in their united Balochistan.
In 1992, the Pakistani Magazine called “Takbeer”, in an article has given the reference of one American general who has published a map. According to that map, it was predicted that in 2020 there will be large scale of changes in the region. That map had indicated the united Balochistan will be formed, which will include all three divided portions of Baloch land i.e. Iranian occupied Balochistan, Pakistan Occupied Balochistan and Northern Balochistan which currently under Afghanistan’s control. Baloch Nation has been struggling for a long time for such a united Balochistan and they have been sacrificing their precious lives for this purpose.
Evidently, the United Balochistan will be a secular state which is blessed with the God given wealth and resources, with plenty of people power, with enormous natural resources, with agriculture and livestock it has potential for airbases and solar energy. Having all these natural resources and strategic location, we are confident to say that after independence of Balochistan, it will be a self sufficient state. Later on, it will even be in a position and capable of helping its neighbors and contribute to world economy.
According to one report, Pakistan has 25 trillion natural gas resources from which 19 trillion natural gas are inside Balochistan, similarly 4 trillion of barrel oil resources are on land and in the sea of Baloch homeland.
Balochistan from its strategic point has always been one of the most important lands and locations. In the light of above facts, it is time for those who divided Balochistan in the past for their own interest, they should help Baloch Nation and they should fulfill their duty to reunite Balochistan which they have dived. A free and united Balochistan is not only the wish of Baloch nation but it is also in their interest too. The independent Balochistan will benefit the United States of America and the United Kingdom and the rest of the world.
How can an Independent Balochistan be beneficial for the United States of America and the International Community?
1- The United States of America can easily send logistic support to its army in Afghanistan. It can get have easy access to its Air bases in Arab countries from Balochistan with the consent and mutual understanding of Baloch Nation. 2- United States of America can reach to an agreement with the Baloch Nation and set up its naval bases in Konarak, Chahbahar and Gwader and through Gwader port it will be able to force stop Chinese influence in the region. Baloch nation has no agreement with China. 3- The central Asian states which don’t have access to Sea and are at complete mercy of Russia. The U.S could make agreements with them and offer transit facilities via Balochistan and help them get rid of Russian dependency. 4- United States with Baloch consent and mutual agreement could benefit from Balochistan’s natural resources. 5- In 1997, the vice president of the United States in a formal national security meeting said: “America needs to pay special attention to Caspian Sea and this task is only possible when a free united Balochistan comes into existence.” This will help America to succeed in one of its big missions which to prevent China’s desire to have control over Indian Ocean. 6- The establishment of secular Baloch will on one hand help the United States of America save it from future black mailing of Pakistan. On the other hand it (US) can have mutual agreements based on mutual interest to have access to the Ocean of Makuran and Balochistan’s sea routes - international trade routes from Hub (Kulaanchi) which starts 8Km distance from Karachi and goes all the way to Gumbaran (Bander Abbas). This also included Gawadar and Chahbahar ports with the Baloch Nation’s agreement and keeping in view the Baloch National interest US can benefit from entire Coastal belt of Balochistan.
The seminar had also passed the following six point resolution:
1- Pakistan should immediately stop the genocide of Baloch and stop ongoing human rights violations in Balochistan. 2- We appeal to the United Nations, European Union and the United States of America to take notice of Pakistani state’s terrorism in Balochistan and use their influence and act practically to end state atrocities against Baloch people. 3- We appeal to the United Nations, European Union, and United States of America to declare Pakistan ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) as terrorist organization and put it on blacklist. 4- 18,000 involuntarily disappeared Baloch they include the men, women and children must be immediately released. 5- Border restrictions in Baloch populated areas should be abolished and Baloch should be allowed to travel freely on their own land. 6- United Nations should make sure to immediately help the Baloch people.
This article was first published in DailyTawar, a Balochistan based Urdu language Newspapers. We are thankful to Rakhshaani Baloch for translating and sharing this article with us.