On August 15, 2016, India commemorated her 70th Independence Day at
Red fort Delhi, where The Premier of the world largest democratic
country, Mr Modi delivered one of his most famous speeches in which he
first time openly mentioned “Balochistan” before billions of the
people that India would take the cognizance of the atrocities that
Pakistan is committing on Baloch people. It is widely believed that
Modi government has marked the beginning of a major foreign policy
shift in Indian politics.
Markedly, that speech turned the course of
politics of South Asia towards Balochistan, where Bangladesh and
Afghanistan soon followed the suit of Indian premier Narendra Modi
highlighting the human rights violation in Balochistan. This stand has
made millions of ears hear and learn about Balochistan dilemma since
its forcible occupation by Pakistan.
The question is still in the mind of the people around the world that
on which regional and international forum India would raise the
genuine question of Balochistan independence, for which, Baloch nation
has knocked every door of civil societies and human rights
organisations and influential countries. The most prominent efforts
among them are two the long marches held by Voice of Baloch Missing
Person (VOBMP) from Quetta to Islamabad followed by another long march
from the German city of Dusseldorf to Berlin arranged by Baloch leader
Hairbyar Murri on the platform of Free Balochistan Movement.
But the question that still seeks the answer is that, whether Baloch
diplomacy succeeded in gaining the attention of the country with 1.25
billion people. This is because the suppressed voice of Baloch has
been raised only on moral ground i.e (human right violation) which is
indeed a big issue for south Asian nations. But merely mentioning the
sufferings of Baloch on the humanitarian ground aren’t the substantial
supports our nation been appealing for.
The Indian stand under the premiership of Mr Modi needs more firm
grounds that is to penetrate deep into the issue of Baloch with
justifiable reasons on what basis Pakistan is guilty of Baloch
massacre . Pakistan says that Balochistan is peaceful and Baloch
nation is with them. If it is the case then who is committing the
genocide of Baloch people? Let us put Pakistan on trial which used to
hoodwink the world that Baloch nation is with the federation and
struggling for more resources and provincial autonomy, if that’s the
case then why Pakistani army and agencies never hurt Baloch political
parties like National party, BNP Mengal and Awami? As “carrot policy”,
is being pursuit by Pakistan army for them! Despite the fact that all
these political parties only secured 3% of votes during the bogus
elections of 2013.
But the “stick policy” is imposed on remaining 97% of Baloch who
didn’t cast votes; which is indeed a referendum that says Balochistan
is not a part of Pakistan and Baloch people do not want to live under
the confederation of the occupier. Due to that reason entire
Balochistan has been turned into a military garrison where thousands
of Baloch are missing and hundreds of them have been killed and
dumped. Several mass graves were recovered from Tutak Khuzdar. This is
a sound proof that Baloch issue is not only based on human rights but
also an ideological one which is the restoration of Balochistan
sovereignty which Pakistan occupied in 1948.
Indian moral support to Baloch nation is no doubt heralds a new era
for the decade’s old suppressed Baloch people, but the nation as a
whole also is expecting India to go beyond political and diplomatic
Indian PM moral support to Baloch has raised the expectation to new
heights in Baloch political society. We are waiting to see how India
would formulate her foreign policy in favour of the Baloch freedom
struggle. Now all our eyes are on upcoming United Nation summit, in
which we think there in an opportunity for PM Modi to raise the human
right violation in Balochistan committed by Pakistan.
Keeping in view the parameters of Baloch national cause, Baloch
expects the world would support the long-lasting Baloch freedom
struggle, that is the restoration of Balochistan’s lost sovereignty as
an independent state.
The implications of PM Modi support to Baloch freedom struggle will be
felt equally by both India and Baloch nation. Pakistan would increase
its terror activities in Kashmir and Afghanistan and redoubles its
atrocities in occupied Balochistan. At international forums, it is
hoped that India would rectify the genuine narrative of Baloch that
Pakistan is promoting state-sponsored terrorism in markedly in
Afghanistan, Balochistan and Kashmir.