Manufacturing separatists... By Niaz
21 August, 2013
The Baloch 'issue' is a historical wrong. Balochistan's annexation by Pakistan was done by force. Since March 27, 1948, the Baloch, though small in number, have been fighting to reclaim their former status of an independent nation. Now there is a considerable increase in the number of people who openly consider themselves as being 'separatists'. The detailed and significant causes that triggered a desire for independence in the hearts of those Baloch people who previously had no separatist thoughts are cultural oppression, denial of rights and plunder of resources. The Baloch have to collect wood to make a fire while the natural gas their land produces is in the modern-style kitchens outside of Balochistan. Gwadar port is in Balochistan but the running of the port is being decided by Punjab. The list is long and tragic.
Such savage wrongs and brutal injustices have transformed Balochistan into a province of glowing coals where small but inextinguishable flames sputter all the time. This is not limited to Balochistan; now the Sindhis and Pashtuns also feel oppressed and discriminated against by the Punjabis. However, we see that there is no visible change in the attitude of the powers that be. Those who believe in justice are dead silent. Therefore, it is not wrong to say that they are engaged in 'manufacturing' separatists willingly, faithfully and cheerfully.