Missile Attacks in Eastern and Western Balochistan – TBP Editorial

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Missile attacks have unfolded in Eastern and Western Balochistan, as both Pakistan and Iran launched strikes along the Goldsmid Line, claiming to target Jaish-ul-Adl and Balochistan Liberation Front. Despite claims by war enthusiasts of defending sovereignty or seeking revenge, these actions have tragically resulted in the targeting of over ten innocent Baloch women and children on both sides.

Baloch nationalist parties and the Baloch people reject the 1871 British-drawn Goldsmid Line as a border, emphasizing that historical ties cannot be erased by colonial borders. Migration to Eastern Balochistan and Karachi from Western Balochistan has persisted due to the oppression faced under the Shah of Iran, continuing even after the 1989 revolution.

The Baloch insurgency in Eastern Balochistan, fueled by decades of struggle for national rights and freedom, has led to migrations across the Goldsmid Line. Families affected by Pakistan’s oppression have settled in Western Balochistan.

Despite attempts by both Iran and Pakistan to suppress the fight for national sovereignty, the historical struggle cannot be quelled by military force alone. Until the Baloch people in East and West Balochistan are granted national rights, including the right to independence, these movements will persist in various forms.

While Pakistan and Iran officially condemn each other for these attacks, Baloch nationalist circles argue that these actions strongly suggest mutual cooperation, indicating a shared stance on the Baloch national question—a collaboration witnessed in the Baloch genocide of the seventies.

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