by Juma Baloch
26th August 2006 was a day of big loss for the Baloch nation. We lost the father figure of our nation Shaheed-e-Wattan Nawab Akbar Bugti. With every tragedy that falls on a nation, it either brings it together or shatters it apart. The martyrdom of Nawab Akbar Bugti brought the Baloch nation together. The fury of the Baloch nation could be seen in the streets from Karachi to Quetta. This is what living nations are made of.
On the murder of Shaheed Akbar Bugti, the occupying Pakistani forces and their puppet government in Balochistan with all their propagating machinery declared the end off insurgency of the Baloch nation. Many years have passed since the martyrdom, but today we can see and know very well the movement of our Sarmachar’s (freedom fighters) has grown stronger and has become more matured.
Shaheed Akbar Bugti had a dream, a dream of unity, a dream of utilizing Baloch national resources for the prosperity of the nation and a dream of freedom for his beloved nation. For having such a rebellious dream the occupying forces could not allow a 79-year-old man to have a natural death. He was targeted to kill these dreams; yes they succeeded in killing the man, but the dream lives on. These dreams have spread to all the corners of the world. Now every Baloch carries these dreams in his heart.
You shoot to kill us one by one
We fall to the ground to rise in thousands
The prolong sacrifices of brave sons of Baloch is a proof that these dreams are not dead. Our mother and sisters with our youngsters have come to streets to express their solidarity with the revolutionary forces of Balochistan. Enforced disappearance, torture, target killing and killing of kidnapped detainees by the Pakistani intelligence agencies have not been able to extinguish the dream of freedom from the eyes of Baloch nation. Echoes of freedom songs chanted in the mountains now can be heard in the streets of the Baloch land.
Still some of our Baloch brothers are saying they will participate in the parliamentary election held under the auspices of the occupying forces. For justifying their act they give the following argument.
- We can’t leave an open field for the reactionary and anti Baloch element.
- We want to keep our constituency intact.
- Someone have to look after the day-to-day problems of Baloch people.
The question arises which problem of Baloch masses these parliamentarians have solved from the parliament so far! Have they solved the problem of unemployment, education, health, infrastructure or guaranteeing our control over our national resources? As I believe they have not been able to table a legislative solution to these problems in the parliament let alone getting them solved. I don’t understand which is more important to keep a constituency intact or keeping the motherland intact? The most important thing to understand is by participating in the election we indorse the legitimacy of the occupying forces to rule over us. Participating in previous elections was the biggest mistake our elders have done and participation in any future elections will be the biggest political blunder our brothers will do. Those who participate in the elections will not only be supporting the shackles of slavery on our heads but will be directly responsible of all the atrocity committed against the Baloch nation by the occupying forces. Baloch people will resist every mechanism the occupying forces will use to keep us entrap. The Baloch parliamentarians have to decide where they want to stand, with the Baloch people or with the occupying forces.
We all Baloch’s have a responsibility towards our nation. Those in the mountains and the streets of the Baloch land and those who are scattered around the world, we have to politically educate our self and equip our youngsters with the ideological vision of the future. The vision must be crystal clear and indigenous in its orientation. As Frantz Fanon put it’s in his famous book “The Wretched of the Earth” “Let us decide not to imitate Europe; let us combine our muscles and our brains in a new direction. Let us try to create the whole man, whom Europe has been incapable of bringing to triumphant birth. Two centuries ago, a former European colony decided to catch up with Europe. It succeeded so well that the United States of America became a monster, in which the taints, the sickness and the inhumanity of Europe have grown to appalling dimensions.”
Let’s build our vision on the foundation of Freedom, Dignity, Accountability and Justice.
- Freedom for every person to express him self as his believes.
- No person should be allowed to humiliate and exploit another human been. Every person should have a right to an honorable live.
- Every person should be accountable to the people.
- Justice should be swift and excess to common man.
Corruption is the corner stone in the culture of the occupying forces. Nepotism and corruption are bugs, which eat away the basic fabric of a society. Accountability and transparency in our system will not allow corruption to infiltrate in our society. Freedom of speech, right to an honorable live, accountability of every one, and swift justice will not allow the future rulers of the free Balochistan to commit injustice against the common man. The dawn of freedom will trickle down dignity, prosperity and a bright future to the masses of Balochistan.