Should Bangladesh support the liberation of Balochistan

Bloody violence in Balochistan

In the southern Pakistani province of Balochistan, a bloody dispute between insurgents and armed forces has been raging since December.

The moderate Baloch leader Sardar Sherbaz Khan Mazari recently told the Pakistani Daily Times that the current situation is similar to that on the eve of the 1971 liberation struggle in Bangladesh. The insurgents are not only well armed, they are also fighting for a just cause: the gas-rich province, otherwise Pakistan's poor house, contributes considerable sums to the state budget. The Sui gas field is one of the most productive in the world. The locals demand a fair share of the profit from marketing the raw material. As early as 1973, a rebellion broke out that lasted five years and killed around 5,000 insurgents and 3,000 soldiers. Tens of thousands of civilians are said to have died at the same time. This time, a missile attack on a rally by President Pervez Musharraf in Kohlu in December sparked the military action. According to Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, the influential chief of the Bugti tribe, 43 civilians have now been killed and 161 injured. And General Musharraf threatened to intensify the offensive "if the insurgents continue their fight." In doing so, he only incited the resistance of the rebels. The conflict has now taken on an international dimension after India expressed its concern and called on Islamabad to exercise restraint. The return coach arrived immediately: India should take care of its own affairs, especially in Jammu and Kashmir. At the same time, General Musharraf accused the neighbor of "providing financial and material support" to the Baloch national forces. It is obvious that Delhi has a burning interest in a stable situation in Balochistan. After all, the planned natural gas pipeline from Iran to India should lead through this area. Nawab Bugti commented on Musharraf's allegations in a conversation with “The Hindu” on Thursday: “He uses his favorite weapon - lies. Its aim is to defame the legitimate claims of the people of Balochistan. We don't need anything from others. The weapons we use came to the region when the United States was funding jihad in Afghanistan. It was the (secret service) ISI that distributed them in Afghanistan, Iran, Jammu and Kashmir - and to us in Balochistan. «The tribal leader emphasized that natural gas pipelines will continue to be targets for attacks in the future. “Peace between India and Pakistan is their business, not ours. We want our rights - a fair share of the income from our country's resources, ”says Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti.

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