Baluchistan – Another “Bangladesh” in the making? Part 2

Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti, killed under orders from General Musharraf

ALERT Just Out – Slaughter House Balochistan – an exclusive coverage in Live Encounters Magazine August issue – with an interview with an anonymous Pakistani!

No Pakistani will forget the humiliation of the 1971 war with India and the Independence of East Pakistan which then became Bangladesh. However, there are few Pakistanis who will admit to the genocide committed by their Army under the direct command of General Yahya Khan. It is surprising that none of these mass murderers were ever brought to trial in an international court of justice. Even now if a Pakistani is confronted with this unseemly past they are quick to shrug it off as propaganda.

Baluchistan is heading down the same path for the very same reasons that East Bengal became independent.

  • Denial of rights and privileges of the common people

  • The looting of natural resources with no corresponding development in infrastructure.

  • Little or non-existent development in education, medical facilities and citizens’ rights equal to those in other provinces.

  • Governance through muscle power, torture, extra judicial killings and more.

  • Arbitrary “management” of Baluchistan like a subjugated State.

The above factors have resulted in:

  • Like the case of East Pakistani’s Mukti Bahini (people’s armed struggle for self-determination led by Sheikh Mujibur Rehman), home grown resistant movements have sprung up to fight the Pakistani injustices – the Baloch National Front, Baluchistan Republican Party and Baluchistan Liberation Army.

  •  Like the case of the Pakistani Army lining up and shooting in cold blood professors, students, doctors etc. in an effort to destroy the intelligentsia in East Pakistan; the Pakistani Army is repeating its act in Baluchistan through abduction, torture and murder…dumping of bodies on the roads. “The bodies surface quietly, like corks bobbing up in the dark. They come in twos and threes, a few times a week, dumped on desolate mountains or empty city roads, bearing the scars of great cruelty. Arms and legs are snapped; faces are bruised and swollen. Flesh is sliced with knives or punctured with drills; genitals are singed with electric prods. In some cases the bodies are unrecognisable, sprinkled with lime or chewed by wild animals. All have a gunshot wound in the head. This gruesome parade of corpses has been surfacing in Baluchistan, Pakistan’s largest province, since last July. Several human rights groups, including Amnesty International, have accounted for more than 100 bodies – lawyers, students, taxi drivers, farm workers.”

  •  Like the denial of Civil and Human Rights in the then East Bengal; One sees this in Baluchistan under the garb of national security.

  •  East Pakistan became Bangladesh because India chose to “assist” the Mukti Bahini. The Indian Army went in and liberated the country in 2 weeks and then withdrew immediately.

Unfortunately, in the case of Baluchistan, India has all but ignored the ongoing genocide. Is it time to bite the bullet and help in the creation of an independent Baluchistan?

Why this “sudden” interest in Baluchistan?

  • Interestingly this is not sudden. It is sudden for those that don’t take time out to read in depth what is really happening in the rogue terrorist State of Pakistan. In the past, all the terrible happenings in Baluchistan were overshadowed by the farce of the US-Pak fight against terrorism.

  • Many countries, including India, vociferously objected to Pakistani’s dirty war but this was not acknowledged either by the US and many other Western nations. It is only when things went sour and Mr. Osama Bin laden was killed in the heart of Pakistan that the world saw the country with its pants down and at last accepted the fact that a leopard’s doesn’t change its spots…a Muslim State protecting their own even if they were mass murderers… religion runs thicker than political alliances or money.

  • One cannot deny there is an interest in the natural resources of Baluchistan. Pakistan’s commerce and industry benefit from it but not the Baluchis.

The US and its allies are concerned about Baluchistan for some of the following reasons:

  •  Pakistan has failed to deliver on the terror network inspite of the billions of dollars of handouts.

  • The “war” in Afghanistan will never be won for the aforementioned reason.

  • Iran’s nuclear plans threaten to destabilize the region and throw it into a “Cold War”. (Baluchistan shares a common border with Iran).

  • The Chinese have settled into the port city of Gwadar. By giving Chinese access to a warm water port and parts of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir it has effectively given their friend a ring side view of India. (Arunachal Pradesh in the East, Kashmir in the North and Baluchistan in the West). Now Chinese navy vessels can have a port for refueling, rearming etc..And with China siding with Iran in the nuclear standoff this is a dangerous situation.

  • Some suggest this is an ideal opportunity to dismember a rogue terrorist State, give independence to Baluchistan, help them develop into a strong State, kick the Chinese out of Gwadar and breath down the necks of the Iranians.

So will Baluchistan go the way of East Pakistan and will it become “another” Bangladesh? Only time will tell but for now all the signs point to the independence of Baluchistan, and rightly so!

Written with references from The Times of India, The Guardian, BBC News reports, etc.