May 23, 2017

Gwadar: Baloch do not seem to be browbeate

Baloch do not seem to be browbeaten, as they have a history of being resilient enough to thwart powerful foreign forays in the past.

Five centuries ago, the Baloch bravely fought to keep the Portuguese at bay from their coastline that forms the northern lip of the Strait of Hormuz. Out of reverence, the Portuguese built the statue of Mir Hammal Kalmati, ruler of coastal Makkuran region of Balochistan, which  now stands at a museum in Goa, India.

The Portuguese arrived in the region soon after the departure of China’s Ming Dynasty, and their most famous maritime explorer and castrated Admiral Zheng He, who commandeered his 63 ships and over 28,000 men to the Straits of Hormuz.

A senior Baloch journalist

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