BALOCHISTAN: The Baloch people have commemorated their Independence Day on 11 August, 2014 and renewed their resolve to continue the struggle for freedom of Balochistan.
Baloch youth hoisted flag of Balochistan on their cars, houses, schools and other buildings to remember the Independence Day and they also arranged awareness campaigns. Many youth painted their cars with the colors of Balochistan’s flag to mark the Independence Day.
Flag hoisting ceremonies were held in all town and cities of Balochistan midst massive arrests of Baloch youth and ongoing military operations. Baloch nation have observed their independence day to highlight the importance of freedom and sovereignty.
It is pertinent to remember that three days before Pakistan’s secession from India, Balochistan had declared its independence. Balochistan independent status was accepted in a tripartite agreement between the management of the upcoming Pakistan, the British and the Baloch ruler at the time. The news of Balochistan independence was announced from Dehli on 11 August 1947.
On 12 August 1947 The New York Times published Pakistan’s announcement which read: Karachi, Aug, 11, 1947 [AP] – Among the congratulatory messages read to the Pakistan assembly today was one from United States Secretary of State George C. Marshall. An announcement from New Dehli said that Kalat, Moslem State in Balochistan, had reached an agreement with Pakistan for a free flow of communication and commerce, and would negotiate for decisions on defence, external affairs and communications. Under the agreement Pakistan recognises Kalat as an independent, sovereign state with a status different from that of Indian states. [The New York Times, Published: August 12, 1947, Copyright – The New York Times]
Within 24 hours of the declaration of Independence 1947, the Khan of Kalat formed Balochistan’s House of Commons and the House of Lords.
On 16th December 1947 Khan of Kalat called a meeting of both houses of Balochistan to discuss the possibility of joining Pakistan. All the members from both Houses had unanimously rejected the idea of joining Pakistan.
However the new born religious state of Pakistan invaded Balochistan on 27 March, 1948. The illegal and forceful occupation of Balochistan by the Pakistani army resulted in killing of many workers and members of the Independent State of Balochistan and imprisonment of the Khan of Kalat and his family members in their palace.
Deaths, destruction, torture, imprisonment of Baloch people and looting and plundering of their natural resources have been the outcome of this occupation since then.
Since illegal occupation of their country, the freedom loving Baloch people have been struggling against Pakistani occupation to regain their lawful sovereign independent state.
August 11 is Balochistan’s Independence Day and Baloch mark this day as their ‘National Day’ and they are adamant to commemorate it until such time when Balochistan is liberated from the foreign occupiers.
Baloch all over world have observed the Baloch Independence Day by exchanging greetings and sending congratulatory messages to each other. Dinner parties and cake cutting events were reportedly held in different cities of world to commemorate the lost independence of Balochistan.
Courtesy: Baloch Warna