Partition of India in the name of religion deprived us of our national independence – Khalil Baloch

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Baloch National Movement chairman, Khalil Baloch said in a statement released to the media, that 11th August is a significant day in the Baloch national history when All India Radio announces Balochistan is a free country. This announcement came after a long history of struggle and sacrifices. From 1839 to 1947, the Baloch nation fought gory wars and sacrificed their lives against British aggression, but they never surrendered to them. That is the primary reason the Balochistan had a unique position in British India and Baloch land was autonomous in several ways.

Chairman Khalil said that on the 4th of August, Lord Mountbatten, the viceroy of India signed a treaty with Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Khan of Kalat, Meer Ahmed Yar Khan, which affirmed the freedom of Balochistan. Later on, Mohammad Ali Jinnah and the British Government-backed formed that agreement, started intriguing for the occupation of Balochistan. The illegal accession of Kharan and Las Bela was approved; which historically were integral parts of the state of Kalat.  Kharan was under the direct control of the state of Kalat and had the position of a Special Area. In the same way, Makkuran was also an integral part of the state of Kalat. As for the treaty made between the state of Kalat and British government; it was agreed upon that after the withdrawal of British from here, these regions including the leased areas would have been returned to the state of Kalat but Pakistan disrespected all these treaties along with the agreement between Jinnah and Khan of Kalat, and occupied Balochistan. The aggression of Pakistan and the expedience of Khan of Kalat was the prime reason for Pakistani occupation in Balochistan.

He added that when the issue of accession to Pakistan came under discussion in the Parliament of Balochistan, it was vehemently rejected by both chambers of the parliament, and they decided to fight back any aggression by the state of Pakistan. Kept aside from the armed struggle of Agha Abdul Karim Khan, the rest of the people, later on, could be seen on the floors of Pakistan. If the Baloch leadership had honestly played their due roles, then today, the situation in Balochistan would have been far different.

BNM Chairman said that historically Balochistan has never been a part of India nor British occupation could force us to be a part of British India. But the division of great India in the name of religion is the greatest mistake in history and today as a result of this division, not only India and Balochistan but also the entire region is suffering. The western powers needed a client state to keep a check on the powers of the region. For this purpose, they started planning for the creation of Pakistan but on the historical and cultural ground there was no logic of creating a state by cutting India into halves, therefore, they used the religion as a tool to enterprise their cherished dreams. With the creation of Pakistan, millions of people lost their lives in the name of religion and even today Pakistanis are proud of this bloodshed. In reality, for the creation of a new state Pakistan let alone one sacrificing his life, even no one went behind the bars. Because the decision was taken from somewhere else and Indian leadership could not timely and effectively respond against this decision. As a result, India was cut into halves.  The result of this came in the shape of the center of terrorists, Islamic atomic weapons, the outsourcing of terrorism, and the worsening situation in the region, statement read.

Chairman Khalil further stated that Baloch, Sindhi, Pashtoon, and other minorities are enduring the outcome of a wrong historical decision. Pakistan is becoming dangerous for the region as well as for the entire world. The regional state and international powers should address this fault line; they should support the Baloch national struggle and take cemented initiative for the freedom of Balochistan; Not only the fate of the Baloch nation but also the regional peace is associated with the freedom of Balochistan. We have several times reminded that the path of peace and prosperity goes through the freedom of Balochistan.


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