Baloch pro-independent leader Dr. Allah Nizar Baloch, expressing his views on the foreign investments in Balochistan on the social networking website Twitter said they are doomed to sink.
On 30 May he tweeted “If the #Chinese, along with other investors, want to invest in Balochistan, can never safeguard their interests without the consent of Baloch. Again, we warn all international investors to abstain unless the Baloch people are the guarantors.
Gwadar with deeper Chinese involvement will become the new battleground of Baloch nationalism versus the Pakistani establishment and Chinese interests
Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur
When a person, in his opening lines, terms the May 28, 1998 Chaghai nuclear explosion as historic, it creates misgivings about the purpose of that write up. Mr Usama Nizamani in his article “Gwadar: an emerging paradigm for Pakistan and the region” (Daily Times, March 19, 2013) did just that. Celebrating any nuclear explosion as historic is a downright insult to the memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki’s victims. It is analogous to celebrating ‘small pox’ and ‘Black Death’ as a blessing for mankind. A nuclear explosion that killed a mountain and adversely affects those living there can only be trumpeted as historic by those bent on destroying the world.
Baloch anger is not against the ethnic mix, it is rooted in poverty and the systematic denial of opportunities by the Pakistani establishment.
The November 23 attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi by Baloch separatists brought into global view, once more, the Baloch trauma. The Balochistan Liberation Army, which claimed responsibility for the attack, had warned the Chinese authorities against “exploitation of Balochistan’s mineral wealth and occupation of the Baloch territory”.
Regrettable as violence in any form is, this incident is an unfortunate reminder that Baloch complaints cannot forever be ignored. In fact, the constant refrain through Pakistan’s 70-year history is this: Balochistan appears to be on the boil again.
What’s new? Pakistani leaders say the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), launched in 2015, is a “game changer” for the country’s ailing economy. But opaque plans for the corridor, the upheaval likely to affect locals along its route, and profits flowing mostly to outsiders could stir unrest. The government has repressed CPEC critics.
Why does it matter? CPEC could help revive Pakistan’s economy. But if it moves ahead without more thorough debate in parliament and provincial legislatures and consultation with locals, it will deepen friction between the federal centre and periphery, roil provinces already long neglected, widen social divides and potentially create new sources of conflict.
دنیا میں ہر گزرتے لمحے کے ساتھ حالات میں بھی ڈرامائی انداز میں تبدیلیاں رونما ہورہی ہیں اگر گذشتہ پانچ سے دس سالوں کا ایک طائرانہ جائزہ لیا جائے تو دنیا بھر میں حیرت انگیز تبدیلیاں وقوع پذیر ہوئی ہیں جو یقیناً بعض ممالک کے داخلی اور خارجی پالیسیوں پر بھی گہرے اثرات چھوڑ جاتے ہیں۔
جہاں ایسے اصلاحات استعمال کیے جاتے ہوں کہ ہمارا کوئی مستقل دشمن نہیں اور نہ ہی کوئی مستقل دوست صرف ہمارے مفادات مستقل ہیں یا پھر یوں کہیے کہ دشمن کا دشمن ہمارا دوست ہے ۔۔
BERLIN, ANI | Aug 7, 2017: Exiled Baloch leaders and activists will gather in Berlin, Germany, on August 11 to voice their protest against the under construction multi-billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
The event titled “China’s One Belt One Road Initiative – Its adverse impact on Balochistan & the region” would be organized by the European branch of Baloch National Movement (BNM), a Baloch nationalist political group.
A senior teaching fellow and a PhD candidate at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) has said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) represents the colonization of Pakistan for the enrichment of China.
Speaking at the conference “Wall of Silence: Human rights in Balochistan“, Burzine Waghmar said Pakistan’s statehood is based on a fragile framework with no national basis in which Pakistani military acts with no legitimacy and with violence against local populations.