Author:Jamal Nasir Baloch
You might have heard about Durand line, Strait of Hormuz , Marghar Civilization, and you perhaps also heard of the Gedrosia which is an unforgettable name for the Greeks! If you are a British or American then you may not be familiar with this name Gedrosia. However you do know where Helmand is. Yes, Helmand in Afghanistan but you must be wondering that why I am asking about these places. Actually these are some Places of Baluchistan, Yes Baluchistan ,yet another unfamiliar word for this civilized world, a name which is seem like a stranger! Let me try and describe to you this Stranger land in the following few paragraphs.
Baluchistan is divided in three parts all to thanks to British imperialism otherwise we were an independent country. One part of Baluchistan is controlled by Afghanistan which consist area of currently known as Helmand, Frah and Nimruz, the name Helmand is mostly under the spotlights because of the ongoing insurgency and the so called war on terror. The Second part is occupied by Pakistan and a third part has been forcefully annexed by Iran, which now known as Iranian Occupied Baluchistan. However in my write up I would like to mainly highlight Pakistani Occupied which was an Independent State until 27 March 1948. Independence Day of Baluchistan is on 11 August 1947, the Baluch still celebrate this with great zeal and passion each year with the hope that one day they’ll regain their freedom again. Baluchistan was occupied by Pakistan after 227 days of her independence through a brutal military incursion. Generally Independent Baluchistan was always a headache for the Pakistani Islamic extremist state because of secular views the Baluch gave asylum to many Hindus and Christian families in Baluchistan who had migrated from Pakistan to save their life from Punjabis Islamic extremists during the partition of sub-continent. the secondary intend is the strategic geological location of Baluchistan because it strategically bridges the Middle East and Southwest Asia to Central Asia and South Asia, and forms the closest oceanic frontage for the land-locked countries of Central Asia.
Since the occupation Baluch fought many wars to break the chains of Pakistani slavery and to regain their sovereignty. The first war of liberation begun only after 49 days of occupation on May 16, 1948 Agha Abdul Karim and his comrades initiated guerrilla type ambushed on the occupying forces. Unfortunately, he was captured by Pakistani forces with the collaboration of some Baluch traitors. Second rebellion begun in the 50s led by Nawab Nauroz Khan and other patriot Baluch fighters. Nawab Nauroz Khan was tricked in the name of holy Quran and again with the help of some Baluch notables (informants of the state). Nauroz Khan and his companions including his son were condemned to death. Nawab himself, however, was spared the punishment of by hanging to death due to his age; he later died in a Pakistani prison. The liberation struggle did not end after the death of Agha Abdul Karim and Nauroz Khan but their followers and ideological comrades are still fighting in the mountain of Baluchistan. The Baluch have lost many many people in this brutal war including hundreds of renowned intellectuals and leaders. The recent murder of Baluch Leader Habib Jalib Baluch and the martyrdom of Shaheed Nadil Gickhi by Pakistani forces are part of ongoing genocide of Baluch people at the hand of Pakistan. The state and its intelligence apparatus consider every single Baluch as her enemy regardless of their ideologies or political belief. On the other hand the thousand of Baluch missing persons, those who have been abducted by Pakistani Intelligence agency of Pakistan because they demanded for freedom and justice in their own home land. The phenomenon of forced-disappearances is one of the worst human right violations in the history of humanity.
A country (Baluchistan) which has got the richest land of the world, her people are the poorest despite of having rich natural resources. Baluchistan has 1200 km coastline, Word’s 3rd largest Gold and Copper reserves at Rekodiq, 217 million tonnes of Coal resources, Sui Gas flied, Gwadar Port vital for global strategic interest, ‘the USSR took over Afghanistan but her destination was Gwadar Port which is the located near Strait of Hormuz basically well known as Warm Water’ Kalmat Lagoon (natural sea wildlife) and Bambore Oil reserves of Mulk-e-Marri. Nevertheless Baluch people despite of owing such wealth and natural gifted resources do have access to clean drinking water for their survivals. Because of Pakistani state repression more than a thousand out of 100,000 women die every year due to mortality in Baluchistan. It would be a great injustice with the people of Baluchistan not to mention the heinous crime of Pakistan ‘the atomic blast in Baluch land due to which the people have suffered many critical diseases in Chaghi area’. Nobody can predict for how long the radiation of these blast will continue to kill the people of Baluchistan.
The other human crisis are thousands of Baluch Internally Displaced Person, who are direct victims of Pakistani Terrorism, the crisis occurred in 2006 and 2007 when Pakistani Air forces and land forces started operation against Baluch fighters in Dera Bugti and Mulk-e-Marri . The operation resulted in the martyrdom of top Baluch leaders Akbar Khan Bugti and Balaach Khan Marri as well into martyrdom of many innocents Baluch women and children (click here for pictures graphic images warning).
The ongoing massacre of Baluch nation continues to deteriorate and intensify. Over Two dozen Baluch activists had been martyred by Pakistani intelligence including several missing persons in last 3 weeks but the International media and the International world has been ignoring the Baluchistan conflict and the to report truth because of their materialist interests with Pakistani State. The Baluchistan’s human right violations are exceeding the previous crime rate of Pakistan which she committed in Bangladesh.
The Baluch opinion for the international community is also changing rapidly because of their ignorance toward Baluch national question and turning a blind eye on the gross human rights violation that Pakistan is committing against the people of Baluchistan. In fact the Baluch National Movement and Baluch Student organization Azaad which are the main political stake holders in Baluch war of liberation warned NATO and International powers that their ignorance toward Baluch problem will force Baluch nation to harm their (International Community’s interests).
This is an undeniable fact that followers of Socialist or Guevarists ideology among Baluch liberation movement consider some Western Capitalist powers as main collaborators in Baluch genocide with Pakistani State. However some Baluch leaders believe that Baluch national question is beyond the problem of the economic system because no ideology or religion allows killing the peoples and occupying their land, but they are unable to defend the western policies against Occupied Baluchistan. It is clear now that a country which was divided by British Imperial after 1839 for its own materialist interests is now going to be the central point of internationally community not because of Baluch genocide but for their own interest. The West seems less bothered about the inhuman acts of Pakistan but as they have their own interest that is why they are eying Baluchistan. One thing must be crystal clear that only the people of Baluchistan under an agreement (for the Baluch interest) can protect the interests of West. If the Western powers think they will strike some deal with Pakistan and achieve their aims in Baluchistan then they are wasting their time and resources because until a single Baluch is alive they will not allow foreign invasion of their country. Pakistan cannot protect the interest of Western powers in Baluchistan – only Baluch can.
This ignored land “Baluchistan” got thousands of years History, many folk stories of war and peace, many tombs of martyrs and many grave of traitors, a land which is quoted by Greeks as Desert Of Death. The future of this Land depends on Baluch struggle and on Baluch national unity. At the last I would suggest my elders, my Baluch friends and other Comrades nobody is coming here to save you from Pakistan, if you have expectation from International World than you deserve this barbarism. The Baluch must unite to liberate themselves from the yoke of Pakistan and Iranian slavery. If the Baluch unite with their power of unity they can even convince the Western power that Baluch are a Nation that can sustain peace and stability in the region. I end my piece with the beautiful quote of Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara “I am not a Liberator, Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves.”