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Fight to counter oppressive Pakistani regime: Baloch Nationalist Movement Leaders feel encouraged by PM Modi’s words

The Baloch nationalist leaders are of the opinion that Pakistan wishes to destruct the peace and stability of the region

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  • Baloch Nationalist Movement leaders are of the opinion that Pakistan wishes to destruct the peace and stability of the region
  • Brahumdagh Bugti, president of the Baloch Republican Party thanked Modi for his statement on Balochistan
  • Bugti has high hopes from India and feels that the nation will come to its aid when Balochistan is in need

New Delhi, August 16, 2016: After Prime Minister Modi gave speech on India’s 70th Independence Day on August 15, and mentioned about the atrocities faced by the people of Balochistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (Pok); leaders of the Baloch Nationalist Movement felt encouraged and overwhelmed by his speech and is likely to look for support from India, the US and the European nations against the oppressive Pakistani regime.

The Baloch nationalist leaders are of the opinion that Pakistan wishes to destruct the peace and stability of the region as they are being hypocritical when they demand Kashmir as their own, while at the same time, crushing the same demand of the people in Balochistan by force.

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

According to PTI, Khalil Baloch, chairman of the Baloch National Movement said, “The world must understand that Pakistan’s use of religious terrorism as a policy tool will have far-reaching consequences; terrorism cannot be contained but needs to be countered effectively. Baloch nation hopes that the United States and Europe will join Prime Minister Modi and hold Pakistan accountable for the crimes against humanity and the war crimes it has committed against the Baloch nation in 68 years of its occupation of Balochistan and during the five wars that the Baloch nation has fought with Pakistan to win its national freedom.”

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Calling the statement by the Indian Prime Minister on Balochistan, a positive development, he said that the “policy of indifference towards Pakistan’s war crimes in occupied Balochistan that include both ethnic cleansing and genocide, adapted by the international community is worrying.”

Also, Brahumdagh Bugti, president of the Baloch Republican Party has thanked Modi for his statement on Balochistan and hopes that the entire Indian nation would raise its voice for the Baloch nation and help them in the Baloch independence movement. Bugti is the grandson of Nawab Akbar Bugti, a Baloch nationalist leader who was killed in an encounter with the Pakistani army.

He also told a leading news portal that he would also like Indian cinema to make a movie on the Baloch struggle and that he would like Amitabh Bachchan to play the character of his grandfather.

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“In this context, raising the voice of the Baloch people should not be a temporary reaction or short term strategy by the Indian government, but should be a sincere intention of the Indian people to support their oppressed Baloch brothers and sisters and should be very serious part of the foreign policy of the Indian government,” added Bugti.

He said that the actions of Pakistan on the beautiful land of Kashmir and its involvement in the terrorist attacks in Mumbai and Pathankot have been clearly exposed in front of the world.

Bugti has high hopes from India and feels that the nation will do the necessary when Balochistan is in need, said the PTI report. He further added, “the Baloch mission and all the oppressed people of the world, still remember the decision of the Indian government when India intervened and came to the rescue of Bengali people from Pakistani brutalities in 1970s.”

– prepared by Ajay Krishna of NewsGram. Twitter: @ajkrish14

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India China’s Fight Over the Doklam Plateau Explained

Doklam or Donglang, is a disputed area between China and Bhutan located near their tri-junction with India

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  • India and China have an old history of disputes
  • This time, the dispute is regarding the Dokplam Plateau
  • The area is of strategic importance for both the nations

Disputes between India and China are not at all uncommon. The rivalry between the two nations is famous. There have been several disputes between the two on the India-China border in past, and there seems to be no stopping for these disputes in the present or future, for that matter.

India and China have a n old history of repeated disputes. zeenews.india.com
India and China have an old history of repeated disputes. zeenews.india.com

In June 2017, the world witnessed yet another dispute arising between India and China. This time the dispute was about China building a road extending to Doklam Plateau, which both nations have been fighting over for years now.

Also Read: China is likely to get involved if India disrupts $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

History of the dispute 

Doklam or Donglang (in Chinese), is a disputed area between China and Bhutan located near their tri-junction with India. India doesn’t directly claim the area but supports Bhutan’s claims on it.

India fits into the picture, as this plateau is an important area for India. Not only is Bhutan one of the biggest allies of India; China gaining access over the Doklam Plateau will also endanger India’s borders, making them vulnerable to attacks.

Dopkam plateau is an important area near India, China and Bhutan's borders.
Dopkam plateau is an important area near India, China and Bhutan’s borders.

Apart from the hostile history of the two nations, the Doklam Plateau is also important for India to maintain its control over a land corridor that connects to its remote northeastern States. China building a road through Doklam surely threatens that control.

A complete timeline of what happened in the recent Doklam Standoff 

On 16 June 2017, Chinese troops with construction vehicles and excavators began extending an existing road southward on the Doklam plateau, near India’s border. It was Bhutan which raised the alarm for India.

On 18 June 2017, India responded by sending around 270 Indian troops, with weapons and two bulldozers to evict the Chinese troops from Doklam.

On 29 June 2017, Bhutan protested against the construction of a road in the disputed territory.  According to the Bhutanese government, China attempted to extend a road in an area which is shared both Bhutan and India, along with China.

Between 30 June 2017 and 5 July 2017, China released multiple statements justifying their claim over the Doklam plateau. They cited reasons as to why the Doklam standoff wasn’t really needed. And how China has not intruded into India’s territory to incite the standoff.

On 19th July 2017, China asked India again to withdraw its troops from the Doklam. On 24th July 2017,  Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in his statement, asked India to withdraw and behave themselves to maintain peace.

India and China seem to never agree when it comes to their borders. BBC
India and China seem to never agree when it comes to their borders. BBC

Also Read: Why India Must Counter China’s High-Altitude Land Grab?

What followed till 16th August 2017 was China constantly alleging India of trying to create trouble. They accused India of trying to disturb the peace and not withdrawing the troops, even after repeated reminders. They also accused India of bullying.

India, however, kept quiet during the whole fiasco, only releasing a statement regarding their stand and position at the Doklam standoff.

On 28 August 2017, India and China finally announced that they had agreed to pull their troops back from the Doklam standoff. The withdrawal was completed on that very day.

On 7 September 2017, many media reports claimed that both nation’s troops have not left the site completely. They were still patrolling the area, simply having moved 150 meters away from their previous position.

On 9 October 2017, China announced that it is ready to maintain peace with India at the frontiers. India reacted in affirmative, the peace was established when Indian Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman’s visited Nathu La.

The issue between the two nations may rise again. Pixabay
The issue between the two nations may rise again. Pixabay

The Doklam issue, for now, is resolved. However, given the history of disputes between India and China, it won’t be a surprise if the issue resurfaces again in near future.