Source: News Bharati English03 Oct 2016 14:20:31
New Delhi, Oct 3: Balochistan is destined to be an independent state in the near future and no circumstances can prevent it. This was the consensus of the speakers who participated in the seminar on the burning Balochistan issue.
The seminar was organised by India Policy Foundation here to discuss, deliberate and express the free and frank opinions on the issue. It has assumed importance with the presence of some Baloch nationalist leaders and Canada-based free and frank journalist and writer Tarek Fatah.
Addressing a seminar on “Baloch Nationality: Internal Colonisation of Balochistan by Pakistan” Prof. Rakesh Sinha, Director, India Policy Foundation, presented the idea of a seminar and started the seminar with his statement that India has a long tradition of standing for the oppressed masses.
Balochistan is illegally occupied by Pakistani Regime, unlike other Indian princely states. Balochistan was an independent sovereign nation with its own parliament. This has always been a part of unbroken civilisational, cultural and intellectual legacies of India.
He further attacked human right organizations like Amnesty International for their hypocritical silence on Baloch issue. He also mentioned about West in general and the USA in particular for escaping the moral responsibility on Balochistan and deliberately maintaining the silence.
He further said that Indian support has changed the dynamics and unmasked all those who considered themselves as champions of human rights. Prof Sinha also proposed the acceptance of political asylum of Baloch leader Brahmdagh Bugti.
Addressing the audience Mazdak Dilshad Baloch, Baloch Freedom activist, presented the historical and contemporary plight of Balochistan. He revealed about the ‘Kill and Dump’ policy of Pakistan; more than 20000 Baloch have been abducted, killed and dumped.
Women mistreated in torture camps; kids are butchered for showing their solidarity with leaders of Baloch movement. He mentioned about the internal colonization of Balochistan by Pakistan and how they have been successful till now to suppress the Baloch voice.
He showed the determination to continue to fight till the independence of all Baloch including kids, women and young and elderly people. He requested India to continue its interest and support for Balochistan on grounds of cultural, historical reasons and due to humanitarian grounds.
Maj. Gen. G D Bakshi said that since Independence due to defensive policy and porous borders of India took thousands of life. The shift to offensive defence policy has neutralized the pressure of borders. After 30 years we have a leader in Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has a deterministic approach towards the border and international matters and can take decisions.
He warns India about the malicious intent of China behind CPEC. The curve of CPEC lies close to Punjab and Rajasthan, had it been across Sindhu River, it would be cheaper. This clearly reveals the strategy of China to pressurize India in future by different fronts. Help to Baloch cause is the help to us as CPEC and the construction of Gwadar port can hurt our future generations.
Tarek Fatah, Canada-based noted thinker, and writer said that Pakistan is a state of mind and not a country. Pakistan has mal-intention for everyone, at its borders or other cultures, ethnicity, and religion inside Pakistan. Tarek Fatah narrated the historical background of Muslim’s religious and political aspirations in South Asia region.
Time of South Asia has been changed, it will shape itself to move in a decisive manner, now, he added. He addressed the need to honour National Anthem and said that India needs to take care of Sindh and whole of Punjab to complete the anthem statement.
He said that Baloch pride is incomplete without Nawabs and Sardars of that region. India has to take the lead role for the stability of the region. Pakistan has to be controlled for peace of the region.
Vivek Katju, the former Ambassador to Afghanistan, gave a realistic picture of the region and relationship of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran with Balochistan region, and the need to respect the aspirations of Baloch.