Each day is a different fight for the province of Balochistan, which continues to remain rickety with the gruesome tumult and uproar in the region. It’s sure a pity to watch such turmoil grip thousands of families recurrently, without a silver lining to fall back on. But then one can’t overlook but notice the mould Balochistan has fallen into, its course being very similar to former East Pakistan. So, naturally the question becomes ‘Is Balochistan the next East Pakistan, our very own Bangladesh’? The semblance is uncanny to the point where one cannot help but speculate, ‘What next for Balochistan’? Will all this chaos finally result into a separate province or very much like Kashmir carry on with the struggle forever?
Located in the southwest region of Pakistan, Balochistan is the biggest of the four provinces of the country. Administratively divided among three countries, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran, it has been a turf of turmoil and conflict since its annexation by Pakistan in 1947 and still continues to be. Notably known as the ‘Balochistan Conflict’, is a major growing conflict between the Pakistani and Iranian governments and the Baloch nationalists. The apple of discord being many, beginning with economic inequality; developmental issues which involve gas revenue, regional inequality and the Gwadar port issue; resistance towards multiculturalism and immigration; education issues; human rights and finally military response to their demands of freedom. The largest resource rich province in Pakistan which is still struggling to make ends meet, has been and still continues to be brutally exploited by the government and accounts for the main cause for the Baloch uprising. And recently the on-going Baloch movement has been strikingly joined by women, youth and the children of Balochistan, reflecting their dedication intensity and resentment of the county towards the unfair and remorseless atrocities inflicted by the authority on the populace of Balochistan.
The prime movers and shakers of the current rebellion remain the Baloch nationalists. Living in the remote mountains of the province, the Balochs are a tribal society led by tribal leaders known as “sardars”. Deprived of their rights and revenues from the considerable natural resources of their province and also considering the large scale initiative to develop the region as a threat to their domination the nationalists have been vigorously demanding for a full autonomy for their county. The leading tribal chief Bugti, Marri and Mingal being the one’s heading the nationalist movement from the front.
Pakistan has become a bed of crimes which unfortunately is being perpetrated by the government and army itself. It desperately needs not only to be condemned heavily but a stern hand to make it stop the monstrosity that the nation in the name of ‘our province our decision’ has been making since ages. It has become a severe case of human rights violation where the world needs to come together to rescue those innocent civilians who only wish to have a life that is free of fear which has very much become synonymous with the name ‘Pakistan’ at the moment.