CPEC: Will the Baloch be victim to the Pakistani state’s deceitful tactics again?

Published: January 24, 2016
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The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has once again brought Balochistan in the limelight amongst the media and politicians. PHOTO: AFP

When I refer to the Baloch, I do not make reference to Sardars and Nawabs, minsters or stakeholders, but the common Baloch who suffers on a daily basis as a result of Pakistan’s deplorable negligence and incapability to protect the largest and arguably, richest province of their country. 

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has once again brought Balochistan in the limelight amongst the media and politicians. There is a mayhem of disagreements on which province will benefit the most from the CPEC and many fingers pointing at Punjab for eternally overshadowing the rest in terms of benefitting from natural resources. Reservations from all provinces raised at the ‘All Parties Conference’ (APC), organised by Balochistan National Party (BNP) have signified that nationalism amongst Pakistanis is not only a domineering factor in Balochistan, but prevalent in other provinces; people are more concerned about their ethnic community than the wider implications of such a deal.

If the CPEC deal were efficacious, it would certainly be favourable for Pakistan. It would unquestionably help the country deal with some of its major developmental issues, including upgrading some of its crumbling infrastructure and modifying its significant energy shortage.

But at what cost?

The desire for this $46 billion project to continue and succeed has proliferated to such an extent that those in favour of this project have failed to comprehend how severely Pakistan will be trapped in China’s geostrategic orbit. What China will achieve from it is evident, giving her a dependable base in the Indian Ocean, nearby the Persian Gulf, commendably giving it two-ocean supremacy.

Such matters are obviously of no relevance to most Pakistanis considering what the aftermath could hold. As long as it is financially benefiting them, there will be no objections. It is ironic, how those who once mocked the Baloch for having communist ideologies are now bending to the will of socialist economies.

As for Baloch people, most if not all, are utterly unconvinced of the motive behind ‘developing’ Balochistan. The main line of reasoning for the Baloch is that after almost seven decades of authoritative reign, 347,190 kilometre square of land and development is only limited to Gwadar?

Those who claim to be the benefactors for the Baloch future need to be cognisant of the fact that there is more to Balochistan than one port. The Baloch apprehension is not linked with the location of routes, but whether the CPEC will bring a difference to the lives of the common Baloch. If the Baloch had not been victim of the Pakistani state’s deceitful tactics, then one would consider that a $46 billion project would definitely be an advent of development in Balochistan. However, history states otherwise.

On May 28, 1998, Pakistan detonated five nuclear devices in the Ras Koh Hills in Chagai, Balochistan. Undoubtedly, this granted Pakistan colossal importance on the world stage, attaining the title of the first Islamic nuclear state. However, what happened to the people of Chagai, once the tests were successful is unknown to most officials.

Radiation effects, untreated diseases and unemployment have rapidly taken over an underdeveloped Chagai. The Chagai that is proudly entrenched in Pakistan’s history, where important officials once stood before Balochistan’s mountains, is now never mentioned or visited by anyone.

SUI is another example of how the Baloch have been deprived of their basic rights. Eighty per cent of Balochistan is deprived of gas, including Gwadar. It is quite repulsive to know that the province that supplies most of the gas to the country does not have access to it. Article 158 of The Pakistan Constitution 1973 states,

“The province in which a wellhead of natural gas is situated shall have precedence over other parts of Pakistan in meeting the requirements from the wellhead.”

Since national law is not implemented, international law favours the Baloch stance, which obviously has no relevance to Pakistan amongst other matters.

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966 UN December 16) Part 1 Article 2 states,

“All peoples may, for their own ends, freely dispose of their natural wealth and resources without prejudice to any obligations arising out of international economic co-operation, based upon the principle of mutual benefit, and international law. In no case may a people be deprived of its own means of subsistence.”

There are plenty of examples of how deprived Baloch people are of their rights that justifies the sense of detriment they feel. Often the Sardari system is held accountable for the underdevelopment in Balochistan. That in itself is a very controversial topic since most of the Sardars and Nawabs have been assigned with the highest positions as part of the establishment.

Unfortunately, corruption and disunity amongst most Baloch tribal leaders has deteriorated Balochistan’s plight and allowed the establishment to use this to their advantage. If we kept our tribal egoism aside and worked for the betterment of the common Baloch man, then Balochistan might have a slight chance of a prosperous future.

Nonetheless, what needs to be addressed now is what is being done for the common Baloch man. What is the future of the Baloch man, who works rigorously as a fisherman in Gwadar, after the CPEC is established? There needs to be a sense of assurance that the people living in Gwadar will not become a minority on their own land.

Job opportunities should be equally available to the people of Gwadar, making their lives a priority. It is perplexing to know how countless amounts can be spent to protect the Chinese from ‘militant’ threats, but not much can be done to provide the citizens of Gwadar with a decent supply of water.

Considering literacy rates in Gwadar are very low, how will the government assure that the locals are educated enough in schools and universities are easily accessible? Bearing in mind that vast majorities of local Baloch in Gwadar work in the fishery industry. There should be maritime training to boost their skills, in a way that they can benefit.

We have a clash of priorities with the establishment where they aim to boost Pakistan financially, whereas the Baloch want their lives to flourish and more importantly to matter.

As a Baloch, I will always feel like an outcast in a land that is supposedly mine. They come, they exploit and they leave. We do not want to be like extra-terrestrials on our own land. There are plenty of assurances but no sense of guarantee that things will ever change for the better. History is our teacher.

Banari Mengal

Banari Mengal

Daughter of president of the Balochistan National Party, Akhtar Mengal and a student of law.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • FT

    I do support the bloggers but not 100%. Things are not as simple as stated. There are many shades of grey.Recommend

  • saeed

    While I agree to an extent what you said but you can not brush under the carpet the role of Baloch politicians and sardar’s who are as equal to blame for Baluchistan’s lack of progress as the federation of Pakistan..since 2008 in Baluchistan the government is in hand of one or another baloch sardar who them self enjoy lavish lives in Karachi and Islamabad and not doing any thing for the people, name me a single project or a work done by these politicians, you do not need money for every thing, there should be some will and interest in fixing the common issues of people which always lacked in Baloch leadership who are rivals among themselves and this sardari system has destroyed Baluchistan for decades.Recommend

  • saint

    All we need is a revolution against these thug generals who are looting us time to time. Any Chinese company in Pakistan accommodates the merit less sons and daughters of them retired army officers. And these generals get all the kick backs from such deals. The only thing common between China and Pakistan is the dictatorial approach towards controlling majority. But then again, what goes around comes around. We have a dummy civil government with a boot on its head. If the USA and UNO did not intervene soon enough, we might end up having a civil war in Pakistan, with common men attacking all these lavish houses in DHA’s and cantonments.Recommend

  • ChangingPak

    Firstly i my self from baluchistan and i can assure being a normal person from khuzdar balochistan that this CPEC is a game changer for the peoples of baluchistan specially as compare to the rest of Pakistan as a whole, one thing is clear that the write is totally biased and Raw funded .CPEC is for all Pakistanis 11b is for baluchistan only 9 b for Sindh and only 6.7 b for the project in Punjab if the Baluchistan is poor its only coz of our Sardars and Nawabs(about whom the writer dont want to talk as he mention in the first line ) and just putting the blames on some else is totally wrong. china is making “one belt one road ” project and CPEC is the only one leg of this gigantic project they are making same kind of roads and infrastructures in Kazakhstan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezQO5DOiho4) going all the way to Germany hamburg ,write wants to sell his self on the bases of so called rights .Recommend

  • ZAK

    You are not a common baloch I m a common pashtun from quetta my relatives were killed in the bus shooting by the so called freedom fighter allah nazar where was your concern then?Recommend

  • Rohan

    Obviously.Punjabi establishment looted east Pakistan (now Bangladesh) of its jute earnings which were in dollars and when Bengalis revolted they were massacred.Same thing is happening in balochistan with respect to oil and goldRecommend

  • Imran

    Ruthless, baseless & un-realistic article. Just mention one side of a picture, want to prove you are deprived due to Pakistan’s state. yes you are but it’s not the whole story. Your feudal system, illiteracy and in-competency are major issues. Instead of fighting with military forces and attacking workers in Balochistan, step ahead and put pressure on your elected leaders to focus on peace and stability. If you manage to do so, then investors will come in agriculture, irrigation, fisheries, mining, forestry and livestock sectors. Remember 7th NFC award, where does hundreds of billion goes? Almost 50% baloch population is under poverty line, its not only central government responsible, Baloch leaders and your government are equally too. Come on! be a part of effective democracy, raise your voice in parliament for royalty of gas and others issues. The underline baloch people mentioned in your article are not a matter of concern for you because they are at this position due to your own forefathers. Now, repeating the same story, if central government somehow manage to take some investors in Gawadar, you started shouting again. Manage jobs for locals and so on….. Be realistic, if I invest in somewhere in the world, I will not hire illiterate workers in my company. How would they do so? Yeah, in long run you will benefit more but first start from 1 don’t think to become boss overnight. How many schools, colleges and universities your tribal leaders gave you?? 1st focus on education, educated youth will find their way.Recommend

  • Sami

    Balochi speaking ethnic group constitute only 3 percent of Pakistan. So the reality is that any development will bring in bigger ethnic groups mainly Pushtoons and Punjabis to settle in the developing zones of Balochistan. You cannot stop this migration. But yes there is threat that with development Balochs might become a minority in their own land.
    But take the example of Canada. Welcome new migrants and at the same time empower yourself that you will remain in the loop.
    Migration is a constant phenomenon and it will not stop.
    Learn from Karachi. It is almost cut from the rest of Sindh, and the reason is that Sindhi speakers never accepted Karachites as true Sindhis and neither did they.
    So in the future Gwadar will see the Huge migration from Punjab and KP and that is obvious. But develop the model of Integration to welcome the new arrivals.

    Baloch should welcome the new migrants as they will bring new economic opportunities. They cannot stop migration by force. Otherwise it could happen that new migrants will overpower locals and will not even pay heed to the locals.Recommend

  • Cosmo

    Wow what a candid article. Stay sfae from the establishment of the Pakistan. As prt fo thise CPEC corridor Pakistan govmnt is going to allow 10000 Chinese troops on its soil, what kind of dumb deal is that. No independednt country would sign such a deal. Pakistan may be a free land but Pakistani mnds arr for sure occupied!
    I see Baluchistan being a free country over next one decade! Recommend

  • genesys

    Iran, China agree $600-billion trade deal after sanctions and what is Balochistan getting..not even a apart of the 46 Billion deal.china wants to make the port a captive point for its active trade with ME and Iran as well.Recommend

  • ChangingPak

    Firstly i my self from baluchistan and i can assure being a normal person from khuzdar balochistan that this CPEC is a game changer for the peoples of baluchistan specially as compare to the rest of Pakistan as a whole, one thing is clear that the write is totally biased .CPEC is for all Pakistanis 11b is for baluchistan only 9 b for Sindh and only 6.7 b for the project in Punjab if the Baluchistan is poor its only coz of our Sardars and Nawabs(about whom the writer dont want to talk as he mention in the first line ) and just putting the blames on some else is totally wrong. china is making “one belt one road ” project and CPEC is the only one leg of this gigantic project they are making same kind of roads and infrastructures in Kazakhstan going all the way to Germany hamburg ,write wants to sell his self on the bases of so called rights .Recommend

  • ChangingPak

    Firstly i my self from baluchistan and i can assure being a normal person from khuzdar balochistan that this CPEC is a game changer for the peoples of baluchistan specially as compare to the rest of Pakistan as a whole, one thing is clear that the write is totally biased and Raw funded .CPEC is for all Pakistanis 11b is for baluchistan only 9 b for Sindh and only 6.7 b for the project in Punjab if the Baluchistan is poor its only coz of our Sardars and Nawabs(about whom the writer dont want to talk as he mention in the first line ) and just putting the blames on some one else is totally wrong. china is making “one belt one road ” project and CPEC is the only one leg of this gigantic project they are making same kind of roads and infrastructures in Kazakhstanhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezQO5DOiho4)( going all the way to Germany hamburg ,write wants to sell his self on the bases of so called rights .Recommend

  • ChangingPak

    express news why u stopping my posts? in Pakistan its freedom of speech if u can onair this kind of blog then whats problem in my comments?Recommend

  • Ryzvonusef

    > the province that supplies most of the gas to the country

    That’s Sindh by a WIDE marginRecommend

  • Chaudhry

    As far as spending on education and skills for the baloch, I agree that it must be a priority (which is the responsibility of the provincial government). But stating that this economic corridor might exploit you is just a case of victim mentality. This is an opportunity for the common baloch to get into the mainstream, get out of the sardari nizam which is keeping you back. It offers you a city of your own with opportunities for the Baloch to uplift their economic and social status. Nobody can spoon feed you to come out of your condition, but you have to make sure that you exploit opportunities that come your way, and it will never happen if you continue with this same victim mentality not trying to integrate into the system. This is your opportunity, grab it !Recommend

  • AMI

    Inshah Allah Mr.Akhter Mangal and Imran Khan are our hope who are not only free of any prejudice or unconcern but want to develop Balochistan s people through education,health,jobs and security and its infrastructure.Recommend

  • Shah Muhammad

    very well said Benari. Though be careful of gender inclusion in sentences such as ‘Nonetheless, what needs to be addressed now is what is being done for the common Baloch man.’Recommend

  • Rd px

    As an aristocrat, u r partially responsible. Although a victim of neglect, Baluchistan has much more corruption then other provinces.Recommend

  • SAIF

    what a filth and shame to address baloch as different from pakistanis. Its high time express news gets its ‘directions’ the correct way, else it will face the same fate as of geo/jang by the hands of pemra.Recommend

  • ar

    Government must establish technical and vocational institutes in Balochistan so that maximum of local people are employed. At the same time it should be clear that mega cities like Karachi, Dubai, Lahore are always multi ethnic and multi religious.Recommend

  • Brahui Pride

    Ironic coming from the daughter of Sardar Akhtar Mengal, patron of the BNP and owns large tracts of land in Balochistan that in fact belongs to the Baloch.Recommend

  • Anti Hypocrisy

    Why do Baloch Nawabs, journalists and so called “rights” activists have bungalows in Karachi and Islamabad when they don’t consider it their land? Food for thought.Recommend

  • mua

    good article and I sincerely do hope that going in the future we are able to alleviate the problems that all of pakistanis face. However to lay the blame only on the state is also wrong.
    In the past the state has given billions in royalty to the sardars, the kids of these sardars live in london and benefit from the state paid money, however these very sardars dont invest in anything for their people. How can a state go and make anything in the province when everyone lays claim to the area.

    Also in the past the Balochistan Assembly members were paid in millions as development fund. Has anyone asked these baloch leaders as to what happened to the money and how are they able to afford such palaces in dubai and elsewhere.

    What we need is the true leadership of baloch people to forego the sardari system, as is needed in Sindh as well.. otherwise a few “noble” men will continue to pit us against each other while reaping the benefits for themselves.

    Also Sind provides more gas than Balochistan. Just FYI.Recommend

  • Noor Ilahi

    You are very right the federal Gov is hood winking Baluchistan in particular and KP and Sind also. They are not putting the real and correct CPEC plan on the table. The federal Gov reason that agreement between the countries cannot be disclosed, it is completely wrong the people of Pakistan in general and people of all the effected provinces must know what is going to happen and how they are going to benefit or pay back for others corruption.Recommend

  • Aqeel khan

    I agree with most of the things written by the author but being the daughter of a another baloch sardar, i would like to tell you that you guys are responsible as much as centre and punjab is, for under development of our jewel province i.e. Balochistan. The things you write and speak are quite true but your (mostly if not all) actions on ground aren’t aligned to it for example centre say we give a lot of importance to Blaochistan blah blah but they dont give it practically and same for you guys why dont Sardar’s implement an education emergency to educate people and bring a revolution i would like to mention Bugtis who are getting gas loyaly since 6 decades but their people are so poor and Bugti family is having luxurious life here and Overseas – so i think both sides need to change their actions to make Balochistan a real progressiveRecommend

  • Subhan Ahmad

    You gave the impression with your writing that Pakistan and Balochistan are some seperate entities. The first problem lies here. It would have been more appropriate if you wrote that whether Balochistan would again become the victim of our leader’s lack of vision or deciet full tactics. These include the leaders of your province too. Recommend

  • siliconhippy

    feudal leader problem you say you don’t want to talk about?Recommend

  • Milind A

    Baluchistan was never part of Pakistan. It was illegally annexed by Pakistan against the wishes of the locals… Its time Baluchistan is given freedom from the yoke of Pakistan’s illegal occupation.Recommend

  • asad

    Few disagreements with the writer… Underground nuclear detonation does not result in radiation as argued by writer. Chaghi is supposed to be abandoned because nuclear tests take place where no human lives… ,I agree that universities and schools are needed in Balochistan but it was BLA that started killing spree of so called Punjabi teachers and provincial police failed to protect them and hence the education was destroyed by the common who never raised a voice against it. Secondly democracy has given u a chance to choose your own fate but u have failed to change your fate. And tour fear of becoming a minority in your own land is very primitive as 80% of Dubai population is expat and locals are still ruling… Stop complaining and start participating in good Recommend

  • jigsaww

    He writes as if other provinces are some model of first world.
    It’s a whole country that is affected equally and it is the whole country that will benefit from these projects, only if we stop speaking the language of our enemies to hinder development. For last 70 years, whenever a project starts, people start popping up to hinder the advance thru these kind of articles.

    It’s time we shun our small mentality and move on.Recommend

  • Palaupakistani

    Baluchistan is a legal part of pakistan, kashmir on the other end in not. Baluch sardar signed the agreement wilingly not tht of kashmirRecommend

  • Palaupakistani

    The real question is what these sardars wud do differently if they were to have all the power… They treat ordnary baloch as their slavesRecommend

  • Palaupakistani

    Alao these sardars call themselves ‘sardars’ as if they r sme sort of monarchsRecommend

  • Patwari

    Balochistan has one main problem. Hindustani RAW agents, These agents are pathetic, basically incompetent. Like
    circus clowns. Or the Three Stooges Show. Known as Bharati Bumblers,
    by ISI. Who picks them up by the dozens.

    Arunachal Pradesh, Laddakh, Occupied Kashmir, Kerala, Meghalaya,
    Junagadh, Assam, Goa, were never part of Hindustan. Are STILL not part
    of Hindustan.
    You follow?Recommend

  • Maverick_NZ

    The tribal lords and sardars, now with their kids now educated from geneva and oxford are back again to demand royalties while the poor Baloch suffer.Recommend

  • Umer Mukhtar Essazai

    Balochistan has two types of Sardars; those faithful to Govt and second those who are representatives of Local people and Islamababd has grievances to them for advocating Baloch rights. Akhter Mengal and his father are in second category. They has consistent opinion and struggle for Balochistan rights. They believe in Pakistan and democratic system. Those who advise Baloch to struggle by democratic system for their rights have no idea how Balochistan is administered by establishment. They should read history other than censored “Pakistan Studies” that how an elected Chief Minister was dismissed in 1973 and then again in 1998. They visit Jalawan or atleast search Google, youtube and facebook about Shafiq Mengal, Muslah Defah, Haq Na Tawar to know how those who believe in democratic system are brutally treated by Center.
    CPEC is actually China Punjab Economic Corridor. Balochistan has nothing in it. Pakistan give Gwadar to China for strengthening its presence in Indian Ocean and in return gets investment in Punjab and Sindh.
    Central Govt has no plan to educate Local people of Gwadar and protect their identity. Only Plan it has about Gwadar is to give it a special status like FATA or Gilgit Baltistan or Kashmir which are directly administered from Islamabad.Recommend

  • vinod chauhan

    Yes you are right sir/madam. Raw are useless they can not even get Dawwod.Recommend

  • Sami

    Gwadar was never a part of Balochistan. It was taken by the federal government from the Arab state.Recommend

  • Sami

    Gwadar is in Punjab or in Balochistan. I feel pity for the people like you who misguide the people like that. Also Essazai’s do not exist in Pakistan. Why Afghans are commenting on this issue?.Recommend

  • Sami

    Hey no Punjabi was in command in 1971. It was a Niazi general and a Bhutto. Stop using these forum to settle your scores with Punjabis. They are easy scape goats. Punjabis were in command in 1965 and they won wars for you. in 1971 Pukhtoons and Sindhis ruined everything for us.Recommend

  • Rohan

    Punjabis never won any war,Pakistan has fought 4 wars and lost all of them, even lost the eastern wing in one of themRecommend

  • Nasser

    Gawadar was bought by Pakistan from Oman in 1958. Learn your basics before venturing into any debate.Recommend

  • Arman Zain

    The author of the article is Daughter of Sardar and talking about Baloch people. Something just doesn’t add up!

    Yes, Baluchistan as been treated by federal government but more so by its own tribal Sardars. For the most of part CM of Balochistan is some Sardar either Mengal or Bhugti or Zehri. What have those all CMs achieved for their province?

    I am from KPK and I hate when everyone points to Punjab. If Punjab government is more pro-development then other provinces sshould call up on their respective provincial governments and ask them what they have achieved.

    PPP in Sindh.. People dying in Thar and they are more concern about protecting corrupt Dr. Asim.
    Previously all ANP did in 5 years change NWFP to another biased name of KPK.

    Who is to blame? Must be Punjab!

    RegardsRecommend

  • Parvez

    If anyone has exploited the Baloch……….its the Baloch Sardars and their ilk.Recommend

  • sylmarkhan

    hahaha
    Blochistan was a pakistan province!
    British balochistan merged with pakistan you know quetta.
    Balochistan states from the capital kalat also merged with pakistan.
    With one condition they have slef rule with few powers going to federal government.
    kashmir also had similar setup with plebiscite to counter indian dominance and mahraja’ reservation of kashmir.
    while unlike kashmir blochistan is way bigger province.
    this cepec will change forever & open to world market.
    while you closed all windows to kashmir by not giving plebiscite.
    you know very little about blochistan that is why hindus have no success like they did with bengal. hahahahahahahahahah. last laugh.Recommend

  • sylmarkhan

    gawadar was federal territory after purchase from oman.
    western route of cepec does not goes to afghanistan but quetta.
    anyway punjab already developed because there is population.
    while bloch is not because of population, the immigrated to karachi.
    now why is that.
    stability is the factor. the areas next to afghanistan are but turmoil.
    so don’t blame punjab.
    Pakistan is lahore islamabad karachi the rest is north thundra, wild wild west.
    When one city can change the game in favor of blochistan. you feel pain.
    gawadar along with karachi can bring prosperity by becoming financial hub.
    blochistan north sindh should be developed along with kpk and gilgit.
    that depends on which party has influence.Recommend

  • Saadi

    Yes and while we are at it, lets take Kashmir from India and give it freedom from the yoke of India’s illegal occupation.Recommend

  • Farhan

    Pakistan actually bought it in a deal with Oman, unlike India which invaded and annexed Goa…Recommend

  • Bibloo

    Rohan is a HINDU.
    Niazi was a Punjabi. All his sector commanders were Pathan or Punjabi. They surrendered because they were OUT of ammunition,
    spare parts, diesel, petrol, aircrafts. AND they were surrounded by
    1,300,000 hindu soldiers and Mukhti Bahini. YOU understand?
    True that your grandfathers were not there in East Pakistan. Recommend

  • Patwari

    These same ‘Sardar’ NEVER wanted their peons and bonded slaves
    to be educated. They squashed numerous, numerous attempts to
    open schools etc. in Balochistan, throughout the years. Education frees
    you. It open gates. It empowers you. The ‘Sardars’ did not want this. The
    masses had to be kept under their thumbs. Beholden to them, for their daily
    bread. It is the Sardars, alone, who created this mess in Balochistan. They
    wanted a feudal society. And thwarted every attempt to modernize a feeble,
    backward society, region, culture. Take your pick.
    And are still doing it.Recommend

  • Humza

    How ironic that the writer should talk about “common Baluch” when she is part of the feudal system that oppresses the majority of people there. I believe the majority of citizens deserve basic rights such as health care, education and access to jobs – in short a decent life no matter which province they live in. The common Baluch are as oppressed as the common Sindi or common Pashtun or common Punjabi. Fortunately feudalism has largely been vanquished in large parts of Punjab (Central and Northern Punjab) and in KPK where can all see the benefits to common people who are upwardly mobile, including my own family of former rural labourers. Who has suffered most in Baluchistan at the hands of Baluch feudals is clear to anyone. The few sardars who are on the foreign payroll are now worried that CPEC will bring prosperity to common Baluch which is why they are in such a rush to demonize the project or somehow cash in on it. They fool no one with their crocodile tears of concern for common Baluch. It is common Pakistanis in other provinces who care most about fellow common citizens in the country including Baluchistan.Recommend

  • Sindhi

    Additionally Sindh provides more Gs and Oil into the system than Baluchistan. The writer should get his facts right.Recommend

  • Milind A

    Goa was part of India long before your religion came into the subcontinent. All those old temples are a proof of that. The Portuguese invaders similar to your coreligionists came in and tried converting forcefully…Recommend

  • Oats

    You are young generation and changing Pak but people like the author want old Pakistan of VIPs. Best way to teach these people is to improve Baluchistan like government is doing. They are afraid of CPEC.Recommend

  • stevenson

    Pakistan held its own in 1947 and won territory despite being duped by the Indians and the British who were against it. Pakistan had the upper hand in Rann of Kutch war and stalemated in 1965. As for 1971, Pakistan fought with one hand tied behind its back in Bangladesh while a clever India took advantage of an internal war. The army chief in 1971 was Baluch Hazara General Musa, Niazi is Pashtun and Yahya Khan was also Pashtun whereas Bhutto was Sindi. What Punjabi are you talking about. The ones who won Victoria Criss fighting in WW1 and WW2. It seems you still have to get over 1000 years of Muslim rule in South Asia before the British freed you. That is why your memory is jaundiced.Recommend

  • Rohan

    Pakistan grabbed gilgit through jihad after which the 47 war began and their army was repelled from srinagar
    In 1965 and 1999 Pakistan army lost more men,tanks and defence equipment so they lost those wars plus I don’t need to mention the 71 debacle which demolished the 2 nation theory which was bogus anyways
    Plus most Indians don’t care about the Islamic rule,India was dominated by Hindu intellects for 4000 yrs before thatRecommend

  • Rex Minor

    You are going berserk with your narrative which could be because of your American blinkers. China main gole is to feed its people something which India must also do, instead of starving millions to finance its military industry and exporting the man power to the Gulf States and North America..

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Grace

    Tell you what. Why not majority of people in Baluchistan if they are Pakistani. You’ll get your answer since the majority there are proud citizens. Do it under the UN if you wish. Now try the same in Indian occupied Kashmir !Recommend

  • stevenson

    I suspect you have never been to Gilgit because you would find out how proud the local people there are about securing their own freedom by revolt or how they are the most patriotic citizens and soldiers of Pak because they see themselves as front line. Most analysts see 1965 as a stalemate, 1947 in favour of Pak and Rann of Kutch skirmish in favour of Pak and I think you know 1971 was not a fair fight since Pakistan was mired in a civil war that India took advantage of.Recommend

  • Rohan

    If gilgit chaps are proud then why don’t you give them citizenship and make it your 5th province.
    Pakistan lost more armoury and men in 65 so I don’t know how that’s a stalemate, plus in 1947 Pakistan failed to grab the Kashmir valley.
    Plus in kargil 99 Musharraf knew he’d lose the battle so he sent northern light infantry consisting of gilgit soldiers as Canon fodder.India after killing these soldiers offered to return the bodies but Pakistan refused and India gave those soldiers a proper Islamic burialRecommend

  • Nikhil Panikkar

    The ones who won Victoria Cross were Sikh Punjabis not Muslims.

    In 1971 check the performance of your forces on the Western front.

    1965 Ayub boasted that he would have tea in Srinagar and ended up going to an Indian ally and negotiating. So go figure who had the upper hand. Check territorial gains for both sides and get your memory right.

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  • Nikhil Panikkar

    1947 in favour of Pak…LOL.

    1965 was not a fair fight either because 4 battalions of IA were bogged in counter insurgency operations.Neither was Kargil.Recommend

  • Nikhil Panikkar

    Well every state of Pakistan is fighting an insurgency, not Kerala, not Arunachal, not Goa,not Ladakh.

    Raw agents may be jokers but not asmuch as commandos who get humiliated again and again in CI operations – some elite force :D:D:D:D:D:DRecommend

  • Nikhil Panikkar

    Goa is not having an insurgency like Blochistan. The Goan invasion was to rout the Portuguese and was with thei consent of the Indian people there., not like your adventurism in Kashmir which you did without asking the Kashmiris and go humiliated.Recommend

  • Nikhil Panikkar

    You do a UN resolution in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir first which you should have done in 1947, but didn’t. Why? Were you scared?Recommend

  • Nikhil Panikkar

    Then why is there an insurgency in Balochistan?

    Balochistan was not directly under British rule it was an agency supervised by the British. Learn something about your motherland first.:D:D:D:D:D:D:DRecommend

  • Nikhil Panikkar

    Balochistan was not directly under British rule it was an agency supervised by the British. Learn something about your motherland first.:D:D:D:D:D:D:DRecommend

  • Nikhil Panikkar

    India is doing it with its own money, unlike pakistan which feeds on Saudi money.That’s why Pakistan lags behind India in UN HDI statistics despite having a small population and one third of its population in the gulf.

    Take your Saudi blinkers off and see the relaity of your country.Recommend

  • stevenson

    Fortunately, records are there about what would be Pak VC winners for Indians to peruse showing names like Abdul Haidar, Abdul Hafiz, Fazil Din, Sher Shah, Shahahmad Khan, and Khudadad Khan who come from the martial races of Pakistan. No one disputes the Sikh Punjabis who also won Victoria Crosses but tell me how many Indians are Sikh in a country of over 1.2 billion souls? The point being made is that a much smaller Pakistan has more than held its ground against a larger India and that the outstanding issue of occupied Kashmir should be settled in accordance with the wishes of the people who live there. Indian trolls who post nonsense expecting a free pass cannot respond to facts when they are exposed.Recommend

  • stevenson

    Occupied Kashmir is an outstanding thorn the British and Indians created after partition. The people of Gilgit understand too that the region is disputed because of Indian intransigence. Pakistan has a principled stance that the Kashmir dispute should be settled according to UN resolutions and above all in accordance to the wishes of the majority of people who live there. Of course Gilgitis want to their region to become a province of Pakistan just as the majority of those in occupied Kashmir also want to become a province of Pakistan when India finally wakes up to reality.Recommend

  • Rohan

    Gilgit was invaded through Pakistani jihad in 1947, plus the unsc resolutions say that the first pre condition to the plebiscite is that Pakistan has to WITHDRAW ITS ENTIRE ARMY AND INDIA HAS TO ONLY REDUCE ITS ARMY.
    Multiple surveys of Chatham house and Nielsen have also concluded that less than 2% of Kashmiris want to join Pakistan
    So you are wrong on all counts.Plus kashmiris don’t want to join a failed state which has no opportunities for its people and is over run by terroristsRecommend

  • sylmarkhan

    like kurdistan there are many blochistan. get on with life.
    typically you aint going to talk about khandhar blochistan.

    your takes are on pukthun blochistan quetta section that merged with pakistan. they are pro pakistan. yet you want destablize them.

    kalat blochistan states which gwadAR was not part. here insurgency.
    blochistan govt can take care of little insurgency.
    by the way blochi sardar can’t get resident in switzerland or whatever because of insurgency.

    whaat have you won.? kurdistan can not become one nation? same with turkestan? same with blochistan?

    it is absurd to keep pakistan divided while claiming for blochistan?

    muslims may have love nationalism. when the british gave stab in the back on palestine. no muslims can trust the infidels like you.

    which i see india is hopeless just like kashmiris and pakistan are hopeless of hindia.
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    iran has sunni blochistan
    we have shia gilgitstan we have solved gilgit and blochistan issue

    afghanistan has pukthun north & south blochistan
    pakistan has north pukhthun & south blochistan

    we have defeated pakthunistan issue and ussr.

    afghanistan does not believe in durand line
    india claims upto afghanistan durand line.

    in both of these circumstances that is not true
    kashmiris and gilgit don’t favor hindu india over pakistan rule
    pakthunistan issue failed in the eyes of afghanistan.

    neither india could take their claim to durand nor afghanistan could erase durand line. pakistan is here to stay. so take your line some where else,……Recommend

  • MUHAMMAD

    If Pakistani government,establishment and all the administrative
    departments are not sincere with Baloch then why Baloch voters, vote for such
    kind of selfish leaders, politician, nawab, sardar etc. who succeeds in every election to raise his personal wealth, send money to Switzerland & give education to his own children in Europe/USA?
    These common Baloch, Pashtun , Hazra people are their own home biggest enemies.
    Why not the common Baloch people vote for some educated, sincere men who will stand and fight for their rights? Why not all educated Baloch come together to fight for their rights on constitutional, legal basis for the welfare of Baloch/Pashtun/Hazara people prosperity nor for personal benefits from the governments?Recommend

  • Nikhil Panikkar

    The point being made is that a much smaller Pakistan has more than held its ground against a larger India and that the outstanding issue of occupied Kashmir ::D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

    We saw that when you Muslims got beat up by Dal and rice eating soldiers of the Madras regiment in 1965. ::D:D:D:D:D:DRecommend

  • Nikhil Panikkar

    “Fortunately, records are there about what would be Pak VC winners for Indians to peruse showing names like Abdul Haidar, Abdul Hafiz, Fazil Din, Sher Shah, Shahahmad Khan, and Khudadad Khan who come from the martial races of Pakistan.” :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

    Here is a list of Victoria Cross winners:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Victoria_Cross_recipients_of_the_Indian_Army

    You can check the list to compare the number of Hindu/Sikh/Gorkha winners from India with so called ‘martial races'(D:D:D:D) from Pakistan.What was it that you said about stating facts?:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D.

    “No one disputes the Sikh Punjabis who also won Victoria Crosses but tell me how many Indians are Sikh in a country of over 1.2 billion souls? ”

    I don’t know, but looking at the humiliation they meted to the PA in the past wars, it is clear that they are more than enough.

    “The point being made is that a much smaller Pakistan has more than held its ground against a larger India and that the outstanding issue of occupied Kashmir” ::D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

    Actually, you should substitute ‘more’ with ‘less’ as 60% of your population separated in 1971 to form a separate nation due to Indian ‘designs’ and your army just stood there helpless.:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

    Pakistani pretenders who post selective facts can do nothing, but look embarasseed when they are exposed:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D – the way your army was helpless in 1971.:D:D:D:D:D:D:DRecommend