“People of Baluchistan, Gilgit and Pakistani Kashmir region are thanking me to raise voice for them” Modi boosted a lot while addressing the public on 26 January in Delhi. After his statement, a storm of comments has taken the social media and media channels in its sphere. Analysts have tightened their belts and arguing to weigh the depth in Modi’s assertion.
The recent tussle between natural rivals started after the killing of Burhan Wani, a Kashmiri separatist. The valley went into serious disruption and clashes between Indian armed forces and civilians led to the death of almost 78 innocent protesters. The central government imposed curfew ad till now the situation is not coming into control.
Some days ago, PM modi had called the all parties conference on Kashmir issue, in which they decided to put Pakistan in trouble for its human rights violation (according to them) in Baloch region. In 26th January, he again mentioned Baluchistan and did a useless try to hit bull’s eye.
Indeed, it’s a tactic; India tries to divert attention from the brutal assault on protestors. The diplomatic stance by Pakistan after Kashmir clashes helped to again re vitalizing this issue on international forum. U.S. Dept. of State had already said in a statement that they are concerned with the killing of protestors in Kashmir, which was a major backlash for India. Now, they want to put Baluchistan in context so they could enjoy a safe exit.
There are some fundamental reasons, why the Baluchistan issue has no resemblance with Kashmir dispute.
First, and the most important, Kashmir is a disputed territory since the partition and Indian PM Nehru himself had taken this issue to UN, where the resolution is still pending for referendum in valley. Second, the Indian constitution gives the special status to Kashmir through article 370 which shows that this state can’t be treated like other region as it’s a matter to be solved yet. Thirdly, in Kashmir, UN and international agencies have raised concerns in the past about the collective graves and whereabouts of abductions by the armed forces as compared to this, Pakistan forces don’t been given any such kind of judicial cover for use of power through laws like AFSPA (Armed forces special power act) which is a blot on the shining Indian campaign. Forth, in valley, the separatist leaders reside in the valley, forces arrest them, put them in jail but they did not go anywhere while the baloch nationalists never dare to come in Pakistan instead of many offers by Pakistani government.
Now let’s see Baluchistan’s case, this province voted in favor of Pakistan though the consensus of Jirga in 1947. The leaders of early Baluchistan fought with Qauid e Azam against the British occupation and for the complete freedom. In Baluchistan, the elements asked for freedom are merely 0.1% of total population and doing so with financial aid of India and Afghanistan.
India actually wants to kill two birds with one stone. On one side, to counter balance the diplomatic pressure put by Pakistan after Kashmir clashes and second, to upset China. China Pakistan economic corridor will move through Baluchistan and Gilgit, through this, they want to portray this region, an unstable territory so that CPEC could become controversial in international eye.
Through the statement, the MODI government admits that they have role in baloch conflict and insurgency, which they were denying after the arrest of Spy Kulbhushan Yadav.
Even a sense less person can see that throughout the history, the Pak region of Kashmir has remained peaceful and government not only invested in the socio economic development but the regular elections were proved to be reason for such stability with full participation of population in vote politics.
I have some questions, have you ever seen in the past that a person in Pak’s Kashmir or in Baluchistan ever tried to waive Indian flag or is there any case reported about ill treatment with Kashmir students in universities of Punjab or Sindh. Do you ever see that on the burial of any separatist leader/worker of Baluchistan liberation army, millions of people were participated and protested against the state? The answer is simple and precise “NO”.
Why India’s more than 700,000 army personals fail to induce peace and stability in region. Is Pakistan’s state is powerful enough to beat such a large fraction by infiltrating just hundred to insurgents, let’s talk with sense.
Now, in case, we assume that that Baluchistan issue resembles the Indian conflict as Indian definition says it than India has nearly dozens of Baluchistan. Naxalite movement – which is considered to be India’s most severe internal danger, is active in many states. States like Manipur, Nagaland are under threat of naxalite. As by your rules of engagement, Pak now has the right to raise the voice for people of Nagaland, Manipur and other areas where people have been denied the right to ask for development. India would now fall in its own trap. The word largest democracy denying the basic rule of democracy, which is “people’s choice” in Kashmir and trying to adopt useless tactics to avert attention but it would not work in 21st century.