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Balochistan and Dissident Movements – OpEd – Eurasia Review

Balochistan is the largest province in Pakistan in terms of land area, which constitutes 43.6% of the total area of ​​Pakistan, while its population was 65,65,885 people according to the 1998 census. Balochistan, rich in natural resources , is the most important province of its location. It is bordered by Afghanistan, the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the north, the Arabian Sea to the south, Sind and Punjab to the east, and Iran is located to the west. It has an 832 km long border with Iran and a 1120 km long border with Afghanistan. A 760 km long coastline is also found in Balochistan. Thus, Balochistan is the richest province in terms of natural resources, but unfortunately, due to the interference of some hostile elements in the region, it has not enjoyed a normal life.

On April 2, 2014, Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi, an expert on Southeast Asian affairs and a former senior Saudi diplomat, wrote in his article “Balochistan and the Unity of Pakistan” in the English Saudi newspaper ” Saudi Gazette”. ”. According to him, the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) is full of insurgency against Pakistan as a threat to divide national unity. This militant group has established relations with foreign powers. Moreover, a top tribal leader tried to raise the issue of Balochistan in the International Court of Justice some time ago on the promise of $20 million from a neighboring country of Pakistan. Three deputies introduced a bill. The bill said that “Balochistan is currently divided between Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan, which are not granted the rights of supreme power”. Extrajudicial executions and expulsions from indigenous areas are to be feared. A congressional committee held meetings on alleged human rights abuses in Balochistan and proposed a new roadmap for the partition of some Central Asian countries, including Pakistan, on consular bases, regional, linguistic and municipal. There is constant pressure from foreign countries on Pakistan to sit inside Balochistan under the guise of a diplomatic mission and secretly patronize organizations that are destabilizing Pakistan. He believes that all the hostile elements inside Pakistan are working hard to separate the province of Balochistan in Pakistan and establish an independent state there.

For this purpose, huge sums of money are flowing into the pockets of tribal leaders in the neighboring country in the form of financial aid to Baloch militants. The former Saudi diplomat’s observations are not new. On September 30, 2013, Indian defense analyst Dr. Amarjit Singh in his lengthy article “How to Succeed the Proxy War in Balochistan” in Indian Defense Review referred to the uprisings in different countries and suggested that the Indian government should launch an Indian Proxy War in Balochistan. Dr. Amarjit Singh estimates that the Indian proxy war in Balochistan affects around 40% of Pakistanis.

According to Dr. Amarjit Singh, India kidnapped and wiped out separatists from Nagaland in 1960 and Indian Punjab in 1980 and crushed separatist movements in both provinces with such tactics, thanks to which these areas still belong to the India. However, he fears that the Pakistani government does not control the Balochistan insurgency like India. So, Dr. Amarjit Singh advised the Indian government that the Indian army should continue to fire its guns at Pakistan on the 1850 mile long Pakistan-India border so that by keeping them occupied on the eastern borders, its attention can be diverted. from Balochistan. There are several Indian embassies and consulates across Pakistan’s western border which reflect India’s nefarious intentions.

The international community has developed a consensus to bring terrorists to justice and the UN has adopted numerous resolutions in this regard. The militants have no refuge in the world, however, strangely enough, the Baloch dissident leaders, responsible for heinous terrorist attacks against the general masses in Balochistan, have been granted asylum in various countries. This clearly indicates that the Baloch dissident movements have foreign support.

Some hostile foreign elements also show strong opposition to CPEC and target Chinese working on mega-projects in Balochistan. Terrorist attacks against Chinese interests in Balochistan have links to global trade wars. Pakistan has shared files containing evidence of India’s involvement in terrorism with the UN and the international community. The people of Pakistan expect them to take appropriate action against hostile elements and to help bring terrorists to justice. The people of Balochistan are very politically aware and they will not support dissident leaders for their foreign ties and foreign sponsorship.