November 24, 2013

Support Baloch Groups instead of removing Sanctions- Dr.Wahid Baloch

"Instead of removing sanctions against Iran the US should support the Iranian opposition groups and arm Baloch and other minorities to help them in their fight for freedom and justice" - Dr. Wahid Baloch

WASHINGTON, D.C -- Dr. Wahid Baloch, President of Baloch Society of North America, said that "Instead of pacifying the Iranian mullahs by removing the sanctions against Iran the US should support the Iranian opposition groups and arm Baloch and other minorities to help them in their fight for freedom and justice," 


In an interview, talking to Zuber Hewrami, a journalist with Rudaw English Service, Dr. Baloch said, "the Obama administration is trying to pacify the Iranian Mullahs by removing the Iranian sanctions in exchange for Iran to give up its nuclear program, but these Mullahs, who are calling for the death and destruction of United States and State of Israel, are not going to give up of their nuclear program. He called upon the US government to support the Iranian opposition groups and arm Baloch and other minorities in Iran in their fight for freedom and justice.


He said "this will produce better and long lasting results for the peace and security of the entire region".  


Dr. Baloch said, "Baloch people, both in Iran and Pakistan, are fighting for their independence and they don't want to be a part of either country".


"Baloch people consider both Iran and Pakistan as foreign occupiers of their land (Balochistan), and they are fighting to free and unite Balochistan into one piece instead of being divided between Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan", he said.


He asked the US Government to extend an helping hand to Baloch people to free their land from the occupiers.


"We strongly believe that a FREE, United, Democratic and Independent Balochistan is the answer to all the problems that the US and the world community are facing in the region. It will not only protect the US interests in the region but will also help to secure the Strait of Hormuz from Iranian threats, keep China off of persian gulf, help stabilize Afghanistan by eliminating and eradicating the Al-Qaida and Taliban terrorists safe heavens, provided to them by Pakistan's army. It will also help to build peace and stability in the entire region", he said.


Here is text of his full interview. 

What are the ultimate goal of Baloch resistant groups and dissidents in Iran and Pakistan?


Baloch resistant groups and dissidents in Iran and Pakistan are fighting for complete independence from both Pakistan and Iran. They don't want to be a part of Pakistan or Iran as their language, traditions and culture are completely different. Baloch consider both Iran and Pakistan as foreign occupiers of their land (Balochistan), and they are fighting to free and unite Balochistan into one piece instead of being divided between Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Could you kindly cite some of the major grievances of Baloch nation?


Major grievances are total discrimination, alienation and marginalization of Baloch people by both Pakistan and Iran, decades old injustices and genocidal policies directed against them, denial of their basic human rights and the rights over their land, coasts and natural resources. 

US congressman Dana Rohrabacher on the 2012 introduced a resolution in congress urging Pakistan to recognize the Baloch right to self determinations, any comments on that subject?


It was an historic joke with Baloch people. They were given false hopes that the US Government is on their side. Dana Rohrabacher's bill on Balochistan was dead on arrival (DOA). The Obama administration has distanced itself from Mr. Rohrabacher and his bill. In a statement issued by the American Embassy in Islamabad said that the United States "respects the territorial integrity of Pakistan," and that "it is not the policy of the administration to support independence" for Baluchistan, (New York Times). 


I heard that the Barrick Gold was behind that move, to stick it to Pakistanis, after losing the Reko Diq gold mines contract from Pakistan. 

Does your organization focus or help Baloch groups or organizations from Iran or your focus is primarily on Pakistan?


Our Organization, Baloch Society of North America (BSO-NA), primarily focuses on Pakistani occupied Balochistan, but we do support our Iranian Baloch brothers and sisters in their struggle for freedom and justice. 

Does the United States have a policy towards greater Balochistan or its opposition groups and where do Baloch stand in that policy?


I don't see any such policy at the movement, but it might change in the near future. This all depends on the geopolitical situation and how it evolves in the region. I'm sure the US is well aware that China-Iran-Pakistan nexus are working against the US interests in the region and US is not going to sit idle and watch all of this goes on un-noticed.    

Has the US at one point pursued a more serious policy of supporting, organizing, meeting Balochistan opposition groups?


Not that I'm aware of. In fact, the US government have supported Pakistan to conduct and continue its genocidal polices against the Baloch people with full impunity despite our protests and demonstrations. They don't see Baloch as their most important strategic assets and ideological natural ally and friends in the region against the US enemies. But, I'm sure one day they will and when they do, I hope it will not be too late. 

If not, why? Are the Baloch groups themselves to blame for not talking to the US more actively and selling their cause?


Unfortunately, there are many factors involved that why Baloch people have been less effective to sell their cause to the US. The most important thing is the lack of resources, hiring powerful lobbyist and influential think tanks to take up the Balochistan's case in to the US congress, compare to Pakistan and Iran who spends millions of dollars on US lobbyists firms every years to protect their interests. Baloch don't have that kind of money and resources. Then, there is the Baloch disunity among themselves. Most of it is due to the outdated tribalism and egoistic politics among Balochs, and then there is the Pakistani ISI factor. The ISI infiltrated Baloch agents in Baloch political groups, disguised as "Baloch leaders", are working day and night to keep Balochs divided and fighting among themselves. All these factors are contributing to this deficiency.

What can the US do for the Baloch and minorities in Iran?


US can do a lot if they want to but seems like Baloch and other minorities in Iran are not important for the US policy makers and that's why we don't see any help or support for them. The obama administration is trying to pacify the Iranian Mullahs by removing the Iranian sanctions in exchange for Iran to give up its nuclear program, but these Mullahs, who are calling for the death and destruction of United States and State of Israel, are not going to give up of their nuclear program. 


Instead of pacifying the Iranian Mullah by removing the sanctions against Iran, The US should do is to support the Iranian opposition groups and arm Baloch and other minorities to help them in their fight for freedom and justice. This will produce better and long lasting results for the peace and security of entire region than pacifying these Mullahs. 


We strongly believe that a FREE, United, Democratic and Independent Balochistan is the answer to all the problems that the US and the world community are facing in the region. It will not only protect the US interests in the region but will also help to secure the Strait of Hormuz from Iranian threats, keep China off of persian gulf, help stabilize Afghanistan by eliminating and eradicating the Al-Qaida and Taliban terrorists safe heavens, provided to them by Pakistan's army. It will also help to build peace and stability in the entire region

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