Baloch quest for freedom from Pakistan
by Abdullah Baloch on 09 Feb 2018 4 Comments

Q: Do you think Balochistan is in secession against Pakistan?


Answer: We are thinking of independence because we are not affiliated with Pakistan. We demand separation because we were an independent state divided by Britain without the will of the Baloch people. The northern part of Balochistan was annexed to Afghanistan by the British in 1893 (Durand Line). The western part was annexed by Iran in 1928, in cooperation with the British colonial powers.


After the Second World War, the eastern part of Balochistan was declared an independent and sovereign state on 11 August 1947. But it was occupied by the Pakistani army in cooperation with British colonialism on March 27, 1948.


Q: Can Baloch move the battle against Pakistan to its capital?


Answer: If material, moral and diplomatic support is found, we can easily transfer it, especially since no country in the world has succeeded in independence without outside support.


Q: Why are the Balochs persecuted?


Answer: The main reason for the persecution of the Baloch is their differences from Pakistan in terms of culture, language, customs and dress. In addition, the Baloch respect all religions and doctrines, unlike Pakistan.


As the Pakistani government is built on lies and terrorism, Pakistan is committing atrocities against the Baloch.

-        The Baloch people are facing arrests and shelling of their homes

-        Young people are kidnapped and tortured and killed and their bodies are dumped

-        Human organs are stolen and exported abroad

-        The bodies are dumped in remote places, or left in the streets

-        Pakistani media depict the Baloch as bandits and criminals

-        The Baloch region is underdeveloped and the Baloch are brutalised


Q: What are the most prominent massacres committed against the Baloch in Pakistan?


Answer: Pakistan’s nuclear tests were carried out in the ?Chagai region of Balochistan in 1998. Thousands of Baloch became its victims.

-        No one can live in the Chagai region and it hosts lots of diseases

-        In the 1970s, innocent Baloch were taken and tossed out of war planes

-        The army is deployed throughout Balochistan

-        One cannot go from one area of the province to another without the permission of the Pakistani authorities


Q: Have the Baloch military actions against Pakistan produced any results?


Answer: Yes, many results. Pakistan has begun to negotiate with the Baloch and give a little money for development. But it is very little and Balochistan is a large area; there are no services in Balochistan. So Pakistan fights the Baloch and does not want the Baloch to get anything.


Q: Will Pakistan block development in Balochistan?


Answer: Pakistan is not interested in the Baloch people; its only concern is the extraction of Balochistan’s rich mineral wealth.


Q: But Baloch are an obstacle to their plans?


There is too much discrimination against the Baloch in employment, education and public institutions in Pakistan. The Baloch are considered as second and third class citizens. The unemployment rate in Balochistan is 88 per cent and there are no schools for education, no hospitals, no electricity and no drinking water.


Despite this, the Baloch are persecuted and displaced, with the use of brutal methods and policies against the Baloch people. This has forced thousands of Baloch to migrate abroad.


Q: What is the current international position on the issue of Balochistan?


Answer: There is no official support. However, human rights organisations are talking about self-determination and the issue of Balochistan will be registered at the United Nations.


There is moral support from India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, America and some Western countries. There are many positions, including the condemnation of Pakistan by UNESCO on the persecution of Baloch.


Posters of free Balochistan were also published throughout Switzerland, London and New York by human rights organizations. There are positive attitudes towards the issue of Balochistan.


There was a meeting in the British Parliament on re-examining the issue of Balochistan according to the treaties between them and the British Raj, which was attended by the grandson of the last king of Balochistan.


Also, the Prime Minister of India raised the issue of atrocities against Balochistan India’s Independence Day in 2016. The Afghan President has also extended support for free Balochistan. So did the Minister of Information of Bangladesh who expressed great support for Balochistan. There has been some interaction between India, Afghanistan and Bangladesh on the issue of Balochistan.


Egyptian journalist, Sayed Ahlmasr, of the website Eimwatin, in Mutan, Egypt, spoke to Baloch activist Abdullah Baloch, on the persisting turmoil in Balochistan province of Pakistan.  


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