Dr. Naseem Baloch
The current situation in Pakistan is the result of irreconcilable national contradictions. The current state of Pakistan is not a sudden occurrence but rather the consequence of actions such as the occupation and exploitation of nations and their resources, as well as exploitation of religion and its use for colonial purposes.
Pakistan is a state devoid of destination and direction, which has no history and no cultural background. From its inception, this state adopted the strategy of legitimizing its colonial aspirations by using religion as a guise, often achieved through the occupation of other nations’ territories in the region. Pakistan succeeded temporarily in meeting its objectives in the beginning because the major global powers required a hired guardian in that region, and Pakistan was the only viable option to fulfill that role. However, this only served to exacerbate the internal contradictions within Pakistan, which the Pakistani military resorted to quelling through forceful measures.
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Pakistan is presently marked by multiple contradictions, with the Baloch-Punjabi occupation being the most significant and mature form of contradiction that is beyond reconciliation. The solution is possible only in the form of the abolition of one party. Pakistan believes that the Baloch-Pakistan contradiction can be turned into victory through massive genocide and exploitation at gunpoint. In this regard, Pakistan is solely focused on the excessive deployment of military power to address the issue.
Despite the lack of support from world powers divided by their own interests, the firm and powerful contradiction between the Baloch and Pakistan has given the national movement a widespread universality. Currently, Baloch is engaged in political, social, diplomatic, and military battles with Pakistan, and this will inevitably impact the interests of world powers if not today, then tomorrow. Thus, resolving the Baloch-Pakistan contradictions will become a priority for them.
Pakistan has a long history of being at a crossroads and has suffered defeat at every juncture. In 1971, the ongoing conflict between Pakistan and Bengal reached to its logical conclusion, United Pakistan was dissolved, leaving only West Pakistan behind. It buried forever the arrogance of the Pakistani elite and the two-nation ideology that Pakistan is invincible whose ideological borders have been entrusted to Allah Ta’ala to protect. While the Bengali paradox came to a logical conclusion, the inconsistencies of Pakistan persisted and were temporarily sustained by the West for its own interests. During that period, the Baloch issue was prevalent.
Pakistan granted permission to carry out genocide in Balochistan in order to uplift the morale of the recently defeated army from Bangladesh. Baloch stood strong and refused to give up, even as the Western powers were in close proximity due to the war in Afghanistan and their reliance on Pakistan became crucial. In exchange for this requirement, the West delivered substantial aid to Pakistan, covering economic, military, and technological support. Pakistan used this aid against the Baloch but failed to weaken the intensity of their movement. This proves that the Baloch national movement has become invincible.
Considering the present situation in Pakistan as a time warp would be an incorrect analysis of the situation and incidents because conflicts of Baloch, Pakhtun, Sindhi, and other subjugated nations with Pakistan have solidified and become unsolvable, intractable, and irreconcilable. The impact of these events has caused divisions within Pakistan’s government and military, leading to disagreements among military officials, political infighting, and economic crisis.
The state is on the brink of bankruptcy, but Pakistan believes that it will subjugate the occupied nations by force. The belief that military force can resolve national conflicts in Pakistan is a tragic display of historical ignorance. Once national contradictions reach a mature stage of evolution, they cannot be eradicated through force.
The oppressed nations of the region should adopt a clear strategy to face the facts and guide their nations by formulating a policy in line with the contemporary requirements against Pakistani occupation because the speed with which Pakistan is facing various crises, it is becoming clear as daylight that the oppressed and subjugated are moving in the right direction of history to achieve their goals.
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(The writer, Dr Naseem Baloch, is the Chairman of the Baloch National Movement)