Ahead of PM Modi’s megaevent, “Howdy Modi’ in Houston, Texas where he will be addressing the diaspora of over 50,000 Indian-Americans alongside US President Donald Trump, scores of members of Baloch American, Sindhi American and Pashto American communities descended to the NRG Stadium from different parts of the state to draw both the world leaders’ attention towards the blatant human rights abuses done by Pakistan on their communities in their native regions. The Pakistani Army’s denial of freedom and its participation in incidents of mass killings and disappearances over the past four years have set the stage for unrest in three of the country’s four provinces, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the homeland of Pashtuns, bordering the Pashtun areas of Afghanistan.
“We demand freedom from Pakistan. India and the US should help us in the same way as India had helped the people of Bangladesh in 1971,” Nabi Baksha Baloch, the US representative of the Baloch National Movement, told PTI.
The Baloch freedom fighters have been waging a brave battle against the terrorist state in order to get rid of the illegal Pakistani occupation. They are planning to gather outside the stadium, with the hope that their posters and banners of freedom will catch the attention of Modi, Trump and the world.
The 100-odd members of the group demanded that India help them in the same way it liberated Bangladesh in the year 1971 from the Pakistani stronghold when 93,000 Pakistani soldiers abjectly surrendered to India after being handed a thrashing. Political instability, economic inequality, second class treatment, and persecution are all those climatic conditions that produced Bangladesh and the same forecast is in store for Balochistan and all the other regions that are under duress from the Pakistani Establishment. Location, players and factors may differ a bit. But it is a matter of time before a perfect storm is brewed. Muffled voices of Independence time and again erupt from the region and with PM Modi emerging as a strong leader on the world map, the independence activists are turning to him for intervention. “This is a historic rally by the leaders of the free world, the largest and oldest democracies.
The human rights violation on the part of the Pakistani state has well pushed the state of Balochistan towards an armed rebellion. Economic inequality, coupled with natural calamities and excessive violence by the Pakistani state and army has further alienated the Balochi people. In Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir too, there are hundreds of movements going on against the Pakistan Army and political establishments. Gilgit-Baltistan also demands independence from Pakistan imperialism. North-West Frontier Province/Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is the second poorest province of Pakistan, after Balochistan, with a dismal state of literacy and health care facilities, the region is also raising similar demands. Pashtuns and Hazaras are the dominant ethnic group of the region which shares boundary with Afghanistan. The region is home of the Pashtunistan movement. Unrest and violence are daily rituals of the province, where the Pashtuns are seeking independence.
The fact that Pakistan has the audacity to blame India for Human Rights violation when its own country and regions are in tatters with civil unrest reaching a tipping point and the outcries of independence increasing day-by-day, speaks volumes of how weak the leadership of Imran Khan is and that the real power is in the hands of toothless Pakistani Army who only wreak havoc on innocent people.