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“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
In the preview of this simple quote of Mahatma Gandhi, the national struggle of independent Balochistan can be divided into three main stages, before achieving the independent. These stages are very clearly visible and distinguished in the fifth phase Baloch war of freedom.
The first stage was, when the Baloch Sarmachar( Freedom Fighters) started low level resistance and warned the
military of a full scale war with small skirmishes on military convoys in Balochistan. But they were ignored.
The second stage started, when the Baloch Sarmachar started targeting the gas and other economical
installations in Balochistan in an attempt to stop the exploitation of the natural resources of Balochistan and damage Pakistani economy. The Pakistani government started laughing at the Saramchar by calling them few boys with bad temper and expected them to cool down in few days. But it never happened.
Then the Baloch freedom struggle entered the third stage, when the Pakistani dictator, Musharraf declared war on Balochistan, saying “we will hit them so fast, that they wouldn’t know what hit them”. To keep his military morale high, he announced, there were only few camps in two or three areas of Balochistan with few tribesmen belonging to only three Sardars and he will finish them in no time. With this attitude, a full scale military operation started in Balochistan. Nawab Akbar Bugti was targeted and martyred. The same day Musharraf congratulated the army for a job well done, thinking that he has solved the problem of Balochistan by eliminating their leaders. But he was wrong. The reaction of Nawab`s martyrdom was more than Pakistan`s expectation. This crime by Pakistan army actually fuelled the resistance and more people joined the struggle and it spread all over Balochistan. The Pakistani ISI and military, in a failed attempt tried to blame the Marri tribe for Nawab Bugti`s martyrdom and they blamed Balaach Marri`s martyrdom on Brahamdagh Bugti, trying to create a civil war between these two major Baloch tribes, but they failed badly. This plot itself proved as a transition of a war of freedom from being concentratedin tribal areas to other parts of Balochistan.
In frustration of this reaction, the Pakistani army and its agencies stared arresting and kidnapping Baloch political and student leaders and torturing them severely and then releasing them to be symbols of ISI atrocities and spread terror and panic among the Baloch population, consequently the resistance will die automatically. Leaders like Dr. Allah Nazar and Dr. Imdad Baloch were the early target of these atrocities of Pakistan Army.
But yet once again, the Pakistanis proved that they don’t understand the Baloch psychology. They didn’t read or
learned what their master, the British said about the Baloch nation. ‘Rule the Punjabis, intimidate the Sindhis,
buy the Pushtun, and honour the Baloch.
When the ISI saw their criminal tactics are not working and the resistance is getting momentum and spreading in every village and every town of Balochistan, they started abducting and torturing the Baloch political and student leaders to death and throwing their mutilated dead bodies in the mountains, making sure the parents and families will be terrified and they will stop their loved ones from joining the resistance movement. But what they saw was the Baloch nation’s determination to freedom was higher than sky and Pakistani atrocities can’t stop them.
Although the Pakistani atrocities continues, more people are being abducted and tortured to death, but as usual for the Pakistani double standards, they are now offering talk with Baloch nation to come up with a solution other than freedom. This change in attitude was visible when U.S. congressmen Dana Rhobaechar, Louie Gohmert and Steve King tabled resolution in the USA parliament. There was huge hue and cry in Pakistani Media, which was dead silent when the mutilated bodies were being found in Balochistan.
Balochistan issue was discussed by so called scholars with no idea about Baloch and Balochistan. Some tried to prove that Baloch are minority in land now and others try to blame local Sardars as the real culprit an old naïve argument which nobody can digest in Balochistan.
This frustration of in the ranks of Pakistan Army, Parliament and Media, are clear sign the victory for Baloch
After this milestone, The Baloch nation should not be left alone to fight the Pakistani military establishment.
Because if Baloch succeeds, the entire world will benefit, but if they lose the entire world will lose.
We request from India, Afghanistan, USA, UK, EU and UN to come forward and support Baloch cause to bring
peace and prosperity in the Asian region and the world.
Baloch leaders are finalising “Balochistan Freedom Charter” which we hope will unite the nation and give us a single platform to achieve the national goals. And we expect the world to come forward and support this charter and accept it as the starting point for accepting free and independent Balochistan.