11 August and Fidayee Rehan Baloch

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By MashYar Baloch

The history of the Baloch people is rooted in the regions of present-day Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan. Approximately 50 percent of the total Baloch population resides in the southwestern province of Pakistan. During the 17th century, Nasir Khan of Kalat wielded his power, leading to formation of Baloch state called Kalat. The British gradually became involved in Balochistan, particularly during the time of Mir Mehrab Khan, a notable figure opposing British influence in the area.

In 1854, Kalat signed its first twenty-five-year treaty. On 24 March 1947, a three-member Cabinet Mission, led by Sir Stafford Cripps, was established to discuss the future status of the state within the framework of Independence. The Khan of Kalat asserted that the state of Kalat will opt for full sovereignty over both internal and external matters.

Balochistan declared its independence on 11 August 1947, preceding India and Pakistan. However, Pakistan and the British were opposed to Balochistan’s sovereignty, and within a mere nine months, Pakistan exerted forceful control over the region.

The Baloch nation has consistently opposed Pakistani rule in Balochistan since March 27, 1948, and the struggle for the restoration of their lost freedom continues. From Abdul Karim to Nawab Khair Baksh Marri, several veteran Baloch leaders have denounced the annexation of Balochistan by Pakistan.

Balochistan celebrates its Independence Day on 11 August, marked by the raising of the Balochistan flag in the capital, Kalat. On the same day in 2018, Fidayee Rehan Baloch, the elder son of Commander Aslam Baloch, carried out a suicide attack against Chinese engineers in Dalbandin, Balochistan. Several more Fidayee, or self-sacrificing, attacks have occurred since then.

The brave mother, Luma Yasmeen, bid farewell to Rehan before the attack, expressing indescribable emotions. The profound love for one’s nation and motherland transcends even the deepest relations, like that of mother and wife.

These sentiments reflect my personal opinions and feelings. When the pain of one’s homeland and nation is deeply felt, personal suffering and loss pale in comparison. Enduring pain and making sacrifices for the land become paramount.

The participation of women in the Baloch movement has surged and continues to rise. Freedom holds equal significance for both men and women of a nation, and the realization dawns that achieving freedom necessitates the active involvement of women.

Sacrifice – an unwavering sacrifice! Struggle – a persistent struggle! Instead of hindering and discouraging your sons, brothers, and husbands from fighting for freedom, summon courage and offer them support. Take pride in their commitment. The first school of every child is their mother’s embrace; raise your children to understand the essence of freedom.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Balochistan Post or any of its editors.

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