For every illegally occupied nation there comes a time that they need a clear democratic plan in order to regain their independence. Occupied nations always aspired toward freedom which will restore their natural rights. Those nations who happened to have political leaders with clear vision about the future prospect of the nation have succeeded to change the fate of their nation into modern democratic state. Occupied nations who failed to act as a nation have never been accepted as owner of their own homeland by the international community.
The Baloch who have been struggling since mid19th century for their freedom now reached at a point where they have two options which will decided their future as an independent nation in the region. First is the one which was chosen by Balochistan’s former ruler, Khan of Kalat Mir Ahmadyar Khan, who was able to sustain Baloch freedom for only 227 days. The tragedy of Kalat State was that almost the entire government of Balochistan consisted of outsiders. He even imported a prime minister from India. The second option is the one that we do not have to repeat the mistake again. Before we regain our independence we must produce clear roadmap of what sort of state and institutions we are going to have during the transitional process and thereafter. Without a clear plan and objective we may experience the same problem that our political leaders had experienced in the past.
If we rely only on one objective i.e. ‘regaining independence’ this will not resolve all our national problems. It is undeniable fact that all the occupied nation desire to be free. Obliviously, this is what Baloch people want. Generally speaking, to establish a modern, developed and democratic nation, a nation first must be free to achieve these objectives. Of course, the transition from being occupied to regaining freedom cannot by itself insure those objectives. History has witnessed numerous examples of nations who after liberation failed to accomplish a political system that paved the way for the establishment. The main reason for that has been that these nations had not articulated sufficiently in a written contract that made clear the future plans and the duties of their political and legal system. In other words a free country without any democratic agreement cannot function effectively in twenty first century.
On 11 February 2012, Hrybyair Marri, a Baloch political leader, visited Brahamdag Bugti the leader of Baloch Republican Party to present him Balochistan liberation charter. Hrybyair Marri had organized various committees to work on charter for the last three years before it was present to different political parties and figures in Balochistan and abroad. The charter was also presented to Khan of Kalat Sualeman Dawood, Akhtar Mengal president of Balochistan National Party, Baloch Raaji Zormbish, Balochistan People Party, and other pro-independence political organizations that are part of Baloch National Front (BNF) alliance.
Balochistan Liberation Charter was prepared to present a clear and democratic platform for the all Baloch of different political, ideological and religious persuasion to unite under one agenda. The Liberation charter is comprised of over eighty articles. All articles except two in the charter are open to be amendments in order to improve them. The two articles that cannot be amended are the independence of Balochistan and establishment of parliamentary democracy of one person one vote system after freedom. The charter also covers the social and welfare aspects of any modern state. These include the rights of citizen, separation of religion from politics, equal rights for women and men, social security, education, volunteer sector, free media and demolition of corruption free society. The step that was taken by Hyrbyair Marri to approach all Baloch political parties to unite them under one democratic platform to regain our independence was a necessary and historical step. This is exactly the same vision that all Baloch from young to old wish to have and are particularly putting their lives in danger in order to achieve such gaols.
The vision of Balochistan Liberation Charter is unavoidable. If it is not achieved today it will be achieved in one day in the future. Baloch nation has decided that they have no other viable option except complete freedom. Today vast majority of Baloch political leaders have come to the conclusion that the liberation of Balochistan is inevitable and yet some are reluctant to admit the necessity for a well-planned roadmap for our liberation. Lack of a clear democratic vision or plan is very likely postponing our liberation and it may end into an authoritarian state in Balochistan. Now it is the right time for all Baloch to work hard for preparation of a liberation charter that can take us closer to our freedom and establishment of a viable democratic state.
Thomas Paine wrote ‘Rights of the Man’, which was accepted by the American independence movement was refused flatly by the British political establishment. It took them over a century to realise the actual significant of that document. Political leaders of United States independence movement in particular Thomas Jefferson timely realised the importance of a legal document for their independence from Great Britain. Subsequently they drafted the Deceleration of Independence which is regarded as the most successful independence movement. We Baloch must learn from our past experience and the experience of other nations not to make the mistakes that prolongs our occupation and cost us more precious lives.
As Thomas Paine said; “To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.”
The author is president BSO-Azad London zone and a Baloch student currently based in United Kingdom.