Peace Delegation

I am in Islamabad these days enjoying the marvelous rainy days here. ActionAid, an international NGO, is sponsoring the delegation of Balochistani politicians and professionals to interact with the civil society to highlight the Balochistan crisis.

The delegation includes Habib Jalib, secretary general of the Balochistan National Party (BNP), Kachkol Ali Baloch, former leader of the opposition and a key leader of the National Party (NHP), Mr. Malik Abdul Wali Kakar, former acting president of the BNP, Mr. Abdul Khaliq Hazara, centeral secretary general of Hazara Democratic Party. Besides, Wahid Rahim, the central chairman of the Baloch Students’ Organization (BSO-Pajjar), Yar Jan Badani, editor-in-chief of Balochistan Today, are with us as a part of the delegation.

We have had a few excellent interactions with the civil society representatives. The best, I found out, was at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). The audience out there was very competent and curious too. It also included representatives from the British High Commission.

During the interaction, the audience was apprised about the prevailing situation in Balochistan where I, once again, argued, that the friends of democracy in Balochistan were quickly being replaced by the armed groups.

I am not so optimistic that Balochistan would soon be getting independence. However, I think if the government fails to maintain its writ in the province, a civil war would soon follow.

4 Responses to “Peace Delegation”
  1. Baloch says:

    civil war between who?

  2. Talha Masud says:

    Best of luck for your peace tour. You are a proud representative of Balochistan. Enjoy the monsoon for a change…….

  3. gmcmissing says:

    Nice question Mr. Baloch.
    Civil war between the armed groups and any Baloch Magsi-Raisani-Jam-type of leaders who would work for Islamabad on the platform of federalist parties.

    Plus, it would be kind of a civil war between the Baloch armed groups and moderate Baloch nationalist parties which often talk of autonomy and royalty rather than Baloch national liberation, an idea spoused by Brhamadag Bugti, BLA etc.

    Talha, thanks a lot for your kind words.

  4. Najeeb Qazi says:

    It actually casts a pretty dull impression when the leaders and intellectuals of a nation sound pessimistic about the outcome of the struggle they are doing for the attainment of the just rights of their oppressed people.
    By the way, if we do not foresee independence for the occupied Balochistan in the very foreseeable future ,what do you suggest, should we quit our limping struggle? Should we instead adjust our mind sets for bearing the brunt of the atrocities being meted to us?
    Mind you Sir! It would be a better course of action if we consume our energies in motivating and radicalizing the oblivious Baloch people against the oppression, exploitation and disparity of the colonial forces, despite predicting the destiny of the ongoing revolutionary Baloch movement.

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