September 19, 2007
Guest Column by Nagesh Bhushan
The tone and tenor of a few Baloch groups, particularly individuals who started heckling the Khan of Kalat Mr. Mir Suleman Daud Khan and others over their desire to take the Baloch case to the ICJ, is cynical and ignorant of the long term benefits that this action could fetch for the Baloch. The ground reality in the West is very perplexing. People in America, for example, still ask where Balochistan is--often they think it is a central Asian country. Also, even less is known about the Baloch people, who regard themselves as secular and have never used religion in their struggle for freedom. Needless to mention, in the West, Balochistan is synonymous with Al-Qaeda and terrorism, thanks to the Pakistani administration’s consistent efforts to blur the line between Al-Qaeda terrorism and the uprising of the Baloch people in an effort to win their rights.
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