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A dog bone between India and Pakistan- Kashmir seems to be nothing more than that for the neighbouring country. This Himalayan state is constantly under the radar for the power game to be accomplished by Pakistan. Although what Kashmir receives from that country is nothing but distress. Gilgit-Baltistan, a province in Pak Occupied Kashmir (POK), is under grave sectarian violence and being constantly tossed between Pakistan and its incontrovertibly friendly nation- China.

The ghastly attack on Syed Agha Ziauddin Rizvi, a conspicuous Shia leader of Gilgit’s Imamia Mosque in January 2005 led to Sectarian violence in Gilgit-Baltistan.

The assassination attempt led to a violent reaction by Shia Muslims in the region. Over a dozen people were killed and an undetermined number were injured. Eventually, troops were positioned to reinstate law and order and a curfew was imposed in the area.

The situation in this region still remains the same, the curfew is lifted at times, but the sectarian conflict has not declined.

The government has taken no steps to strengthen the judicial system, enforce laws and there is no prohibition to hate speeches, especially during Friday sermons. Besides, there is no guarantee of equal access to human rights.

On the other hand, a lustrous highway is being constructed by thousands of Chinese workers. The new Silk Road is under construction, a $46 billion economic corridor planned by Pakistan and China. Gilgit-Baltistan, a land of peaks and glaciers, of verdant valleys and azure lakes, is highly suspected of achieving any gain out of this project rather is sure of their natural environment adversely getting affected.

One of the eminent local labour activists in Gilgit-Baltistan, Baba Jan, has been held captive under the charges of “terrorism” since 2011 for organizing an anti-government protest.

The people of Gilgit-Baltistan yet don’t have any voting rights in the national elections and hence feel alienated from Islamabad. Their opinion is also not considered for the economic corridor.

However, the people of Baltistan have considerable hope from India- constructing the Kargil and Skardu highway as it would revive the traditional route for the association of trade and commerce, linking several adjoining areas which were the case until 1947 (before Baltistan was taken over by Pakistani administration).

The distance between Skardu the capital of Gilgit-Baltistan and Kargil is barely 170 kilometres (this is the closest major city to Kargil).

This being the situation of Kashmir occupied by Pakistan is not only appalling but also displays Pakistan’s real intentions towards the people of Gilgit-Baltistan. This collaboration of Pakistan and China is an inhuman movement. The people of Baltistan are essentially indigenous people from the city of Ladakh in India though they have fallen into the trap of the dog bone game between the two nations.

Their geographical and religious affinities lie with India and this historical and present condition of Gilgit-Baltistan only symbolises the real intentions of Pakistan’s towards attaining the rest of the Kashmir region for the sole purpose of territorial gain.

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Sushma Swaraj Speaks Out On India-Pak Relations, Asks Pakistan to Stop Promoting Terror

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Sushma Swaraj Speaks Out On India-Pak Relations, Asks Pakistan to Stop Promoting Terror. Wikimedia

New Delhi, August 4, 2017: Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Thursday asserted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a “good” friend to Pakistan until they dubbed the most wanted regional commander of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Burhan Wani as a “martyr”.

“Prime Minister Modi had been such a good friend to Pakistan that he didn’t even think about protocol. He stopped off in Pakistan on his way back, just because it was Nawaz Sharif’s birthday. Things didn’t even worsen after Pathankot attack. That happened only after Burhan Wani was killed, and Pakistan said he was ‘martyred,” Swaraj said in Parliament.

Swara spoke on both the burning issues of India Pak relations and boycott of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. She contended that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) is an integral part of India. ” We boycotted CPEC because it was going through PoK. PoK is an integral part of India. It is a matter of India’s sovereignty, she said. 

However, Sharif said, Pakistan remains shoulder to shoulder with their Kashmiri brethren and will continue their political, diplomatic and moral support in their right to self-determination.

– prepared by Puja Sinha of NewsGram. Twitter @pujas1994


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People of Baloch origin have lived for Centuries in India, says Activist Mazdak Dilshad Baloch

Baloch covers 45 percent of the area of Pak but their culture is completely different from rest of Pakistan

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  • PM Modi had also raised the issue of POK and Balochistan in his speech on Independence Day
  • Human rights violations in the Balochistan province of Pakistan have drawn global concern
  • Mazdak and his wife are in India to create awareness about the Baloch Freedom Movement

Sept 11, 2016: For the centuries people of Baloch origin are living in the places like Delhi, western UP namely Meerut, Baghpat and Muzaffarnagar in India. They are said to be residing here since Babur invaded India in 1526. They came here with Babur as his army and since then they got settled here.

Baloch covers 45 percent of the area of Pakistan but their culture is completely different from rest of Pakistan. Therefore Balochistan could never become a part of Pakistan and was taken by force by Pakistan’s army. Most of the inhabitants of the province are- Pashtuns and Brahuis. Even the name ‘’Balochistan’’ itself means ‘’the land of Baloch’’, so Baloch people think of themselves different from Pakistan.

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Activist Mazdak Dilshad Baloch- a prominent voice has come up with his struggle to liberate the province from Pakistan and therefore he also wants to spread a message in India among the people who have their roots in Balochistan. Meerut, Baghpat, and Muzaffarnagar, Mazdak- he has travelled to all these places in India and has interacted with people of Baloch origin regarding atrocities with their community by Pakistani forces, mentioned TOI report.

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The story of Mazdak is similar to thousands of Baloch people who have sought asylum in different parts of the world after being hounded by the Pakistan army. Mazdak’s father was abducted, and his mother was harassed by the Pakistani forces. Not just that, their property was damaged too. The family had to seek asylum in Canada where they reside now. So to accomplish their dream of freedom from Pakistan army, Mazdak and his wife are in India to create awareness about the Baloch Freedom Movement.

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‘I am thankful to them for showing overwhelming sensitivity to our common cause. I am sure, in times to come, we will visit many more villages in the whole region and give the movement a proper name and shape,’ said Mazdak to TOI.

People of India have shown a great enthusiasm to support the Baloch Cause and they are with Mazdak in this Baloch freedom movement.

– prepared by Aakash Mandyal of NewsGram

2 responses to “People of Baloch origin have lived for Centuries in India, says Activist Mazdak Dilshad Baloch”

  1. A step necessary to be taken for the world to know irrespective of borders we share the same rights n value we deserve peace…

  2. This Middle east has become a hellhole ruin for the innocent lives.Hitler did the same thing which pakistan is doing right now to Baluchistan(and for quite sometime now).Killing the innocent lives, destroying families, their culture which defines them(the very fabric of being human).It’s atrocious and evil.I hope that this time we’ll not turn our eyes-blind to our neighbors and help them get back their dignity and justice for the horrors they have suffered and are still suffering.
    I can’t quite comprehend what drives a government(obviously composed of people and in the case of paksitan,hateful fascist barabarians) to kill the innocents?
    And they are getting away with this?!
    And we as governments of the world are letting them?
    F@#$%^& UNREAL

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Will Pakistan’s Gilgit-Balistan be a part of Overseas Indian Day in 2017 ? Read to know more

Centre plans on calling the diaspora from Gilgit-Balistan, the northern-most disputed territory of Pakistan for Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas in 2017

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  • Indian diaspora abroad is booming more than ever before and their involvement in the countries development is evident
  • The 14th edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas or the Overseas Indian Day will be held in Bengaluru on 9th January 2017
  • Gilgit-Balistan is the northern-most disputed territory of Pakistan and the Centre  is currently discussing the proposal to call in diaspora from this area to the biennial event

August 29, 2016: A lot has been said on the good and bad coming out of Modi’s strategies to reach the Indian’s living abroad. However, no one can deny that various efforts have proved to be fruitful and we can see them in the form of Visa on arrival and 24*7 Helpline for NRI’s. Similarly, to propagate a feeling of unity, Indian government has been holding a festival to mark the contribution of Indians living abroad, called the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas or the Overseas Indian Day. It’s celebrated since 2003 and the very first year saw 9,000 Indian’s coming from all around the world to Gujarat to show their support.

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Proposal to invite the diaspora from Gilgit-Baltistan

Gilgit-Balistan is the northern-most disputed territory of Pakistan and hence it’s only common to see some controversy when the Indian government discusses the proposal to call in diaspora from this area to the biennial event, Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas. The region was a part of Jammu and Kashmir, but has been under the direct control of Islamabad since November 4th, 1947 after Kashmir’s invasion by Pakistani Army . Gilgit-Baltistan is 6 times the size of Pok and is treated as a separate entity.

Motives behind the proposed action

This news comes in after PMO, addressed Gilgit-Baltistan and PoK on two separate occasions this month- during the Independence day speech and at the all-party meeting. The proposal is in accordance with the government’s diplomatic indication of presenting Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan as part of Jammu and Kashmir.

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PM Modi addressing the nation on Independence Day, Wikimedia Commons
PM Modi addressing the nation on Independence Day, Wikimedia Commons

Move to join in the diaspora from Gilgit-Baltistan who were previously engaged by Manmohan Singh’s government, can go either ways. The decision may lead to weakening ties with Pakistan or it could be viewed as an approach to hardline the position taken by Modi in New Delhi.

Positive Outlook

After 2006, the government’s engagement with the diaspora has been minimal. Hence, extending an invitation will address their presence and concerns about India’s ignorance. Additionally, this can be viewed as India standing up against the human rights violation in Pok, Gilgit-Baltistan and the infamous Balochistan.

– by Karishma Vanjani of NewsGram. Twitter: @BladesnBoots

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