Since the Awami National Party’s government in 1970, Balochistan’s parliamentary politics has been intricately tied to the power dynamics within Pakistan. The ruling party at the federal level often extends its influence to form the government in Balochistan, with decisions influenced more by powerful entities in Pakistan than the political chambers themselves.
A recent development saw Mian Nawaz Sharif, leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, accompanied by former Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and party leaders, visiting Quetta. Leaders from various parties, including the Pakistan People’s Party, Balochistan Awami Party, Balochistan National Party Mengel, and National Party, joined hands with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz during this visit.
As the election date in Pakistan looms, a trend has emerged where parliamentary politicians in Balochistan, akin to seasonal birds, migrate between parties based on signals from influential forces every five years. Those who played a role in toppling the Muslim League-N government in Balochistan in 2018 are now seeking refuge within the same party, following instructions from the powerful forces.
While federal parties have gained strength in Balochistan, courtesy of influential forces, the strategy of aligning with them has weakened the Baloch nationalist parties. The dwindling unity and power-sharing dynamics among nationalist parties pose a threat to Baloch national politics. It is crucial for nationalist parties to recognize the current time and circumstances, taking proactive steps to strengthen Baloch national politics. Failure to do so may lead to the eventual blockade of paths for nationalist parties vying for parliamentary politics in Balochistan.