Indian silence over Balochistan comes into sharp focus after US freedom bill

Indian silence over Balochistan comes into sharp focus after US freedom bill

Kalāt : Pakistan | Feb 25, 2012 at 9:54 AM PST
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After the issue of Balochistan right to self-determination has been raised in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Baloch are concerned over the silence of India.

India is the world's largest democracy but is on the diplomatic defensive when it comes to Balochistan.

"India is not a martial country," Hem Raj Jain, 67, said on telephone from Bangaluru -- new name for Bangalore --, Karnataka, Saturday morning.

Jain, author of Betrayal of Americanism who has three American children in Minneapolis, Minnesota, said the U.S. House of Representatives resolution moved by Republicans Dana Rohrabacher, Louie Gohmert and Steve King will certainly help change US foreign policy and transform the US perception of geo-politics of South Asia.

He said unlike the U.S. that has a strategic interest in Balochistan, "India is not a martial country and has no strategic interests there."

Asked if New Delhi is insincere towards Balochistan, Jain who is author of said, "Indian government is insincere towards anyone who is beyond its terriotry." Jain said leave alone the Baloch, the Indian government has done little to protect the Hindu pandits in Kashmir.

New Delhi appears to have given the Pakistani military generals a go-ahead to do whatever it can to "control" the situation in Balochistan after Premier Manmohan Singh met Pakistani premier Yusuf Raza Gilani in Sharam al-Shaikh in summer 2009.

Pakistan launched a full-fledged secret dirty war in Balochistan exactly one year after the Singh-Gilani meeting, but the Indian political leadership has kept mum.

Since July 2010, at least 350 political activists have been forcibly disappeared, tortured, and killed in execution style in Balochistan by the Pakistani Military Intelligence, Inter-Services Intelligence and Frontier Corps. Their bodies were then dumped in the wilderness in a show of unprecedented brutality.

Pakistan is faced with a political tremor after the issue has been taken up at the levl of the U.S. parliament and other European parliaments are likely to follow suit.

Cardiff-based De Jure Ruler of Balochistan, the Khan of Kalat Mir Suleman Daud Ahmadzai, played a key role in organizing the U.S. lobbying efforts.

Meanwhile, the Indian publisher of IntelliBriefs blog, Nagesh Bhushan, in a group email sent out to some of the most prominent Baloch Diaspora activists has asked the Khan of Kalat to explain why he "used and ditched" Dr. Wahid Baloch.

Even before he left Pakistan to live in exile in the U.K., the Khan of Kalat had told this correspondent that he is not a "vegetarian" implying that he was looking for U.S. and Western support rather than Indian help for Balochistan.

Bhushan in his email sent to the Khan's chief aide Mehrab Sarjovi also asked him why a Baloch from the Iranian occupied Balochistan, who believes in a federal Iran, made a presentation at the U.S. House hearing on February 8, while the topic at hand was Pakistani occupied Balochistan.

Dr. Baloch, who says he was the person closest to the Khan for the last six years, was livid. A nasty email campaign was launched against the presenter Dr. M. Hosseinbor, a double PhD., but Dr. Baloch denies he is linked with the campaign.

The Khan of Kalat has reiterated that he equally respects the work of all activists in North America and does not have a favorite.

Bhushan's email is most likely to be seen by the Baloch Diaspora as a direct interference in their political affairs.

Intellectual Dr. Sabir Badalkhan now based in Napoli, Italy, warns that Baloch must not expect much from India.

"India has never shown a direct interest in Balochistan, whether on its human rights issue or on its geo-strategic importance in which India would be the biggest beneficiary if Balochistan emerges as a secular and democratic state breaking the back bone of India’s arch enemy in the region," Dr. Badalkhan said. "The second point is that India has always had a very short-sighted foreign policy when it has come to the Baloch."

New Delhi has put Balochistan on the backburner and India supported Pakistan's membership in the U.N. security council last year.

In fall 2010, a Kashmiri activist from Toronto, who works closely with the Indians, went to the extent of portraying an operative of the Inter-Services Intelligence as a human rights defender at the Palace of Nations in Geneva while Balochistan was bleeding profusely.

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