Peace for Balochistan

Balochistan, a beautiful land bestowed with huge deposits of natural resources such as oil, gas, copper and gold, unfortunately has never been able to shine as much as the richness it has been endowed with. In a land as blessed as Balochistan, a vast majority of population still continues to live in deplorable conditions and do not have access to even the most basic amenities such as electricity, water and education. So neglected is the Province that despite pumping in millions of funds, which the govt claims to have spent for the betterment of the people, Balochistan still remains a mere puppet suffering at the hands of Pak Army who in the garb of providing security is given a free run to wage a war.

This day as the world supports the cause of Balochistan with #BalochistanSolidarityDay, the real question to ask is whether it’s really getting any better for the thousands of innocent people protesting in Balochistan? While the world shouts out for aid to Balochistan, the families of the disappeared victims still remain on hunger strike in front of the Quetta Press Club hoping for the return of their kin. This day, the 14th of Aug, has been termed as Balochistan Solidarity Day to remember all those innocent people who have suffered on the hands of Pak Army and laid down their lives fighting for their freedom. This day the world comes together as one to give full moral support for their just struggle.

India with its bold decision of abrogation of Article 370 has already given a strong message on the international platform and it has reached a stage where it can help the Baloch nationalists in getting independence from Pakistan. The Baloch leadership which is fighting for their freedom from Pakistani regime has welcomed India’s step and said that this will put an end to Pak’s false idea of Kashmir being a bilateral disputed region. Several Baloch leaders had approached the Indian Govt in 2014 with a proposal of setting up a Govt-in-exile in New Delhi, to which there was no concrete decision at that time. They feel that this would give them an opportunity to make the world aware of the atrocities of Pakistan and to spread the message that Balochistan can never be a part of Pakistan.

The honorable Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, on the occasion of 72nd Independence day of India,  has already promised that we as a nation are always there to support Balochistan. Is it not, then, the moral responsibility of our Govt to take a step further in keeping that promise by reaching out to the leaders of Balochistan? In such a situation, it becomes the duty of India to support Balochistan and to help free the people of Baloch from the shackles of Pakistan. If India decides to allow the leaders from Balochistan to establish an office in India, it would be the least a nation could do to support another nation troubled at the hands of a common enemy.

The people of Balochistan are still victims of a medieval outlook, thrust upon them by self-proclaimed saviours. The only sane solution to this oppression lies in supporting their cause and raising Indian voices for a peaceful Balochistan. This Balochistan solidarity day, let us pledge to continue our support in making the dream of a free Balochistan a reality.

14  Aug 19/Wednesday      Written by Naphisa