Hyderabad: India as a nation cannot support Balochistan but Indians as individuals can create awareness about the plight of Balochs in Pakistan by following them on social media platforms and re-tweeting them on Twitter, said Tilak Devasher, Member of National Security Advisory Board.
Speaking at a seminar ‘Pakistan: The Balochistan Conundrum’ organised by city-based think tank Social Cause here on Sunday, Devasher said that Pakistan had taken a lot from Balochistan but had given only a little in return to the province. “Only 17 per cent of gas produced in the region is used by them and the rest is used by the whole nation,” he said.
Balochs have suffered and continue to suffer from economic exploitation, discrimination and neglect by Pakistan administration and despite being a rich province in the country in terms of natural resources, it suffers from poverty and discriminative attitudes, said Devasher who also served as special secretary, cabinet secretariat of the Union government.
Fearing loss of identity, Balochs were challenging Pakistan leadership with a confidence that they can survive and progress without
Pakistan but what can Pakistan do without them, he said adding that survival with dignity is the main concern to Balochs.
Highlighting the massive resource transformation that had taken place in Balochistan, Devasher said between 1965 and 2015, resources worth as much as Rs 7 trillion were transferred from this province to other parts of Pakistan and it was time for the world to see what was happening in Balochistan and be aware of the grievances of the people there, he added.
Author of the book ‘Pakistan:The Balochistan Conundrum’, observed that insurgency in Balochistan was likely to be intensified as new generation of young and dynamic leadership was now leading the struggle against the Pakistan establishment. “Every successive generation of Balochi population has been revolting with insurgency and losing faith in the Pakistani administration,” he said.
Pakistan was attempting to crush the insurgency with its military power instead of finding a political solution. Insurgency was not the real problem, but Baloch’s nationalism was the real challenge to both Pakistan army and the government, Devasher added.
On this occasion, the book ‘Pakistan: The Balochistan Conundrum’ was also launched at the seminar which was presided over by independent researcher and writer Shakoor Ahmad Wani, senior High Court advocate L Ravichander and Social Cause president Dr B Dinesh Kumar.