India turns focus on Balochistan

The quiet, sprouting and detached from the hustle and bustle of city-life town that it is, Balochistan has recently garnered alot of attention since its struggling to gain sovereignity from Pakistan. After a much publicised gathering held in New Delhi on October 4 by Balochistan Liberation Organisation (BLO) representative Balaach Pardili, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to take an agressive stance on the region's struggle.

BLO, which is in favour of freedom of Balochistan from Pakistan, has a strong political presence in the capital. 
Mr. Pardili,himself, has been living in Delhi since 2009 and was recently contacted by Nawabzada Marri, leader of Free Balochistan Movement, to represent him at public meetings.

The revivalists for freedom of Balochistan are welcoming the Indian Prime Minister’s brave stance on Balochistan. They are looking forward to bring about peace, prosperity and security in south Asia.

Question remains as to what can India do for Balochistan? 

Firstly, there needs to be an establishment of open and effective communication and co-operation between India and Balochistan. Like the previous gathering held in the capital, more delegations need to be sent to meet the Prime Minister on key issuesand causes. Giving the Baloch a presence in Delhi, India needs to understand that a peaceful and stable Pakistan is better than the de-stabilized, terror farm that it is now. How it responds to this presence is yet to be seen. Although one can be positive about the fact that the public address by Pardili in Delhi underlines that India will henceforth speak freely about human rights violations in Balochistan. On the flip side, Anil Wadhwa said that the Ministry of External Affairs is not involved with promoting Baloch activists inside India. "I can say that at least the Ministry of External Affairs is not directly promoting the Baloch representative in India," he said.

Secondly, India can help Balochistan at the United Nations and at the International Court of Justice. Although the world has not paid much attention to Balochistan’s appalling human rights situation, the Baloch national liberation struggle has seen a significant support and reach in the past few years. People in large numbers have been displaced and living under miserable conditions. In militant operations since 2000, almost 19,000 people have been arrested or killed that include children and women. Baloch leaders hope that India will support their cause both morally and diplomatically.

Tensions have been on the rise between India and Pakistan over Baluchistan. For the past several years, Pakistan has been accusing India of interfering in Balochistan, but it never brought in public any evidence to substantiate its claims. The alleged Indian involvement in Balochistan has become an integral part of heated discussion the Pakistani officials use whenever they meet with the Indian officials. It is more than obvious that India's involvement in Balochistan is not being favoured by Pakistan.

Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri in a speech last week had alleged that the Indian Government "fully supports the ongoing insurgency in Balochistan."

There needs to be no war as India is not a terrorist country. India is not required to act as Pakistan has done in Jammu and Kashmir. Ideally, its not feasible to follow Pakistan's example of fomenting insurgency for the longer run. A perspicious and well thought out plan of action for cooperation between India and the Baloch people could help find a solution to tactfully combat Pakistan’s use of terrorism as a state policy over the past few decades and, finally, improve security in the region.