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Human Rights Violations, Azghar Baloch
World Baloch Organisation Activist Azghar Baloch brings Human Rights Violations to the notice of International Community, Wikimedia

– by Meeran Baloch

May 15, 2017: China in collaboration with Pakistan is building Gwadar port for her military and economic interests without the consent of the Baloch nation. After constructing Gwadar port, China will be able to encircle USA and India in the Arabian Sea, and to some extent, it will be able to exert control over the Strait of Hurmuz choke as well.

China in partnership with Pakistan has also been robbing the gold and copper of Balochistan from Saindak project since 1995. Metallurgical Company of China (MCC) has obtained the Saindak project contract in 2003. From 2003 till 2013, in a decade, it has probably extracted 177,036 million tons of copper from this project; while the people of Balochistan are living a miserable life below the abject poverty line.

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Baloch natural resources are being used for the welfare of people of both countries, Punjabi Pakistan and China, while Baloch themselves are deprived of their own resources due to Punjabi colonial rule. Without the consent of the Baloch nation, both the new colonial powers are ransacking and looting Baloch national resources.

After pocketing of Saindak Gold and Copper money, both Pakistan and China have started another exploitive scheme of building Gwadar Port in the name of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Baloch armed organizations are fighting tooth and nail to stop this China-Pakistan Nexus on their soil, Balochistan.

In order to see the so-called CPEC through, Pakistan is killing and displacing the native Baloch living on the adjacent areas of the route of this China-Pakistan Nexus in Balochistan. Since 1999، a whopping number of Baloch men and women have been killed, disappeared, evacuated and terrorized by Pakistan army and ISI. Collective punishment of general public is their prime objective to prevent Baloch young from participating in the resistance.

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When the construction of Gwadar port started, Pakistan also accelerated the on-going spree of killing, disappearing, displacing and terrorizing of Baloch people in Balochistan, where almost 25000 Baloch men, including women, have gone missing, more than 5000 men have brutally been killed in extra Judicial practice. More than 500000 have forcefully been displaced from their own fatherland.

Baloch has been defending their fatherland from Pakistani colonial rule since 1948. Baloch made many attempts since that time to regain their independence from Pakistan, but all that efforts failed due to lack of discipline and international moral support.

The scope of 1948, 1958, 1968 and 1974 resistance movement was limited to only Kohistan Marri, Wadh and Kalat areas.

Nevertheless, the new movement which emerged in 1999 under the umbrella of Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), is entirely different from all previous movements; it is clandestine, disciplined, widespread and popular among the masses.

It is the first time in the history of Balochistan that all the areas of Balochistan are witnessing the same level of resistance against Pakistan from Kohistan Marri to Gwadar. BLA became a nightmare for Pakistani army, it practically endeavoured to safeguard the interests of Baloch and the same way Baloch trusted the leadership of BLA and consider it their defender.

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Today, the BLA targeted and killed personnel of Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) in Gwadar who were working on Chinese funded projects. FWO is a construction company own and directly control by the Pakistan Army. It has also built several military, naval, air force bases in Balochistan.

People of Balochistan are confident that as long as the Baloch Liberation Army is strong under the committed leadership, the dream of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor would not be realised by any mean.

Meeran Baloch is a native of Gwadar, student of politics and he supports establishment of an independent Balochistan

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