The political landscape in Balochistan is shaped by the influential military forces of Pakistan, which have turned the region into a testing ground for political maneuvers. In the lead-up to the previous election, the Balochistan Awami Party emerged, taking the reins of the government. Similarly, before the current election, a caretaker government was established, aligning with powerful quarters to enforce their agendas during the electoral process.
Despite an implicit prohibition on Baloch national politics and political activities, pockets of political resistance persist in Balochistan. Pakistan’s ruling authorities are actively working to suppress nationalist politics in the region. This endeavor involves the imposition of contrived political figures and parties onto Balochistan.
While institutions promoting national liberation politics are restricted, the passivity of parties advocating for nationalist politics in response to the imposition of artificial political figures raises concerns. The appreciation statements by National Party for the appointment of Anwaar Kakar, as the caretaker prime minister of Pakistan, could detrimentally impact Balochistan and its political landscape.
Voicing opposition by Balochistan National Party against the insertion such representatives into Balochistan’s political sphere is commendable. However, it’s important to acknowledge that the Balochistan National Party has indirectly supported the Balochistan Awami Party government under Quddus Bizenjo. The Balochistan National Party must recognize that covertly endorsing individuals like Bizenjo and Sadiq Sanjrani will not impede the dominance of powerful forces within Balochistan’s politics.
The obstruction of national politics in Balochistan won’t solely affect a particular ideology; it will hinder all forms of politics grounded in nationalism. Rather than engaging in internal strife, the active political parties in Balochistan should collaborate to counter the imposition of contrived political personas and parties by the ruling circles.