The Government of Balochistan in Exile

Friday, June 30, 2006

Baloch nation hoodwinked by Punjabi controlled Pakistan

PRESS RELEASE:


KALAT, Balochistan -- Resource rich Pakistani occupied Balochistan has brought windfall profits to sprawling industries in Punjab and rest of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. But, ironically the indigenous people of Balochistan, the proud, secular, liberal, democratic, and fiercely independent ethnic Baloch, are abysmally poor.

Pakistani military forces invaded Balochistan in 1948, and ever since then, the territory has been ruled as a colony for its natural resources, strategic location and coastal region. To establish a firm control on the Baloch people, and suppress their aspirations for self-determination, the Punjabi dominated Pakistani armed forces have become the colonial masters. They have established numerous military cantonments throughout Balochistan supplemented with 600 plus Gestapo-style check posts to restrict movement of the local population. Occupied Balochistan is now turned into a huge Guantanamo Bay type prison camp for the Baloch people.

The “Punjabi Raj” suppressed any signs of political ambitions for autonomy in occupied Balochistan using the following strategies:

  • By kidnapping, arresting, torturing and murdering of Baloch political activists;
  • By adopting the “Divide and Rule” policy to incite tribal disputes among various Baloch tribes so their focus would remain contained within their tribal parameters;
  • Developing Islamic fraternal relations with the predominantly Muslim Baloch population to keep them subdued into believing that the Punjabi Raj are their Muslim brethrens;
  • Restricting and neglecting infrastructure development in Balochistan to maintain their control on a resource-rich region that was intentionally kept poor and destitute; and
  • Offer financial, political, and employment rewards to lure Baloch leadership to become loyal subjects of the Punjabi Raj.

These treacherous tactics of the Punjabi Raj hoodwinked many Baloch nationals. During the last 58 years of Pakistani occupation of Balochistan, the Baloch leadership tried various means to tackle the Baloch nation’s grievances with the Punjabi Raj, but to no avail. Baloch leaders initiated peaceful dialogues with the Pakistani rulers, but the Punjabi Raj made mere promises and nothing of substance was ever delivered.

Out of shear desperation in dealing with the Punjabi Raj, the Baloch people retaliated four times in the past to gain “partial” autonomy of their occupied territory so that they could address their problems instead of relying on someone else. But, the Pakistani rulers considered Baloch retaliations as a threat to its occupation, and therefore, used the full might of its armed forces to ruthlessly crush any Baloch voice into complete submission.

After years of remaining calm due to the oppressive governing policies of the Punjabi Raj, the Baloch people are awakened once again. This time around, the Punjabi Raj has finally decided to deal the “final blow” and the Baloch know that it is the last round. A metaphor that best describes the predicament of the Baloch people in occupied Balochistan is bullfighting, a national sport and spectacle of Spain. The object of the game is for one of the bullfighters (Punjabi Raj)—the matador—to kill a wild bull (the Baloch nation) with a “final blow” of his sword.

A modern bullfight consists of three stylized parts (tercios). When the wild bull (toro) enters the ring, bullfighters (toreros) wave capes to prod it to charge; then the picadors administer pic (lance) thrusts, which tire the animal and cause him to lower his head; in the second part, the banderilleros come out and, while on the run, plant banderillas (short barbed sticks) on the withers of the bull; these often spur him into making livelier charges. In the final segment the matador holds the muleta, a small cloth cape, in one hand, and a sword in the other. Daring passes at the bull work to dominate the animal until it stands with feet square on the ground and head hung low; the matador must then approach the bull from the front and kill him by thrusting his sword between the shoulder blades and into the heart.

Baloch leaders, who were idealistic in believing that the Punjabi Raj will address their concerns, have finally realized that they were duped. Nationalist leaders like Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, Sardar Attaullah Mengal and others once sided with the occupation forces in hopes of gaining political leverage for the Baloch people to resolve their issues. But, now even they have understood that the Punjabi Raj has finally decided to annihilate the Baloch people from Balochistan. No wonder these tribal chieftains have now become persona non grata in Pakistan.

The Pakistani military has committed three genocides in the past without any ramifications. And now they are already engaged in their fourth foray to commit another genocide in Balochistan. During the partition of India in 1947, the Pakistanis slaughtered over 600,000 Hindus and Sikhs. In 1971, the they murdered more than 3 million Bengali Muslims to stop them from liberating Bangladesh. During the Baloch insurgency of 1973 to 1976, the Punjabi Raj forces killed more than 5,000 Baloch in direct military action, while another 25,000 starved to death or died of non-availability of medical assistance due to military blockade of Baloch areas.

The Baloch nation must brace for the evil plans of the Punjabi Raj. The military dictatorship of General Pervez has launched ethnic cleansing inside Balochistan. More than 10,000 Baloch are already dead either through direct military action or because of starvation or lack of medical assistance due to military blockade of Marri and Bugti areas since December 2005. Out of the total of 8.3 million Baloch who live in Pakistan, only 3.25 million currently reside in Balochistan. The military planners have already done their calculations for Balochistan, and they have determined that they can kill one million Baloch nationals without any uproar from the international community.

Once the Punjabi Raj is done with the killings, they intend to create socio-economic obstacles for the remainder of the Baloch population resulting in the displacement of more than a million Baloch refugees to foreign countries or other parts of Pakistan. The few that will survive the onslaught and remain in Balochistan will barely cause any threat to the Pakistani occupation of Balochistan. This process will seal the deal indefinitely for the Punjabi Raj in securing the natural resources, strategic location and coastal region of Balochistan.

The Baloch nation must understand the long-term ramifications of the current military operation by the Punjabi Raj in occupied Balochistan. This is the “final blow”, and the survival of the Baloch people as a nation is at stake. Under the present circumstances, the Baloch people have only two choices left: 1) Either to become a loyal subject of the Punjabi Raj and relish the rewards, or 2) Join the Baloch freedom fighters to protect the extinction of the Baloch people as a nation.

The Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile is striving to unite the Baloch people under one flag, and fight for their survival as a nation. The various Baloch factions and tribes must join hands and pledge an allegiance to a united front to battle the Punjabi Raj. According to GOB (Exile), it is important to purge the Baloch nation of those loyalists who have joined the occupation forces at this critical juncture in Baloch history. The only way for the Baloch people to survive as a nation is to liberate Balochistan NOW, or there will NEVER be a second opportunity to do so. This is the last chance to dream of an independent Balochistan and struggle for it.


Baloch News Bureau Report


Mir Azaad Khan Baloch

General Secretary

The Government of Balochistan in Exile

http://governmentofbalochistan.blogspot.com/

2 Comments:

  • The quality of articles is first-rate. When are you coming with a proper website?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Friday, June 30, 2006  

  • Dear friend of the Baloch,

    Thank you for your encouraging comment. Due to certain constraints, it’s taking us longer than expected to launch our website. Please rest assured that we are working on the GOB(Exile) website as we speak.

    Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
    General Secretary
    The Government of Balochistan in Exile

    By Blogger Govt. of Balochistan, at Friday, June 30, 2006  

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