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Zulfiqar Shah
China-Pakistan: What lays ahead for Sindh and rest of the world? 15 June, 2015
Finally the nightmare has begun. As it was expected, the proposed Chinese intervention in Sindh and Balochistan has greeted the people of Balochistan and Sindh with the Pakistan Air Force bombardment in at least seven districts of Balochistan and two districts of Sindh.
It seems that the way Pakistan Army intends to launch the projects would give rise to civil wars and an unending conflict between Pakistan Establishment and the people of Sindh and Balochistan.

No doubt, people of Sindh and Balochistan (both are historical countries) would always prioritize their freedom from Pakistan since the people of Sindh and Balochistan have expressed their will for the freedom, and are fighting for it peacefully in Sindh and through freedom war in Balochistan. No doubt, Sindhi and Baloch are correct while thinking that both can never enjoy their rights, sovereignty, peace and wealth within the framework of Pakistan.

However, if this discussion is seen for the moment in the framework of Pakistan, by analyzing some assumed options, things may be having different aspects. Why I am including the other options as well? Because until Pakistan exists; Sindhi and Baloch should never and can never withdraw the governance of their historical motherlands.

Therefore, until and unless freedom of Sindh and Balochistan is not practically achieved, federalists in the both would never and should never leave the path for more autonomy, development, security and maximum provincial sovereignty especially through those who believe in the maximum provincial autonomy. And, if something really tangible comes out of it, the Baloch and Sindhi people, who are freedom mongers, would be having space for thinking around it.

Outside Sindh and Balochistan

Probably, there may be some Western and Asian countries who might have been supporting the people of Sindh and Balochistan silently through diplomatic channels; however USA is the only country in the world that has been talking for on various occasions for the rights of Sindh. Besides, unfortunately many countries' development funding in Pakistan has not been directed to greater extent for Sindh and Balochistan.

Therefore, Sindhi and Baloch have a natural cushion to those who either have been sympathizing Sindhi and Baloch openly like USA and UK (UK has so far been showing its concerns for Balochistan only). Unfortunately, a larger number of the world has remained silent on what has been happening in Sindh and Balochistan; therefore if those who are interested in Sindh and Balochistan needs to give their expression for the rights violation and victimization of Sindhi and Baloch.

No doubt, in any way, Sindhi people are obliged to listen to the countries that have been showing the legitimate concern publicly or diplomatically against the human rights violation and other forms of victimization of Sindh and Balochistan.

Since the recent air strikes in Balochistan and Sindh by Pakistani Armed Forces are directly associated with Chinese intervention; therefore the people of Sindh and Balochsitan are looking at the world outside to raise pressure on Pakistan for stopping such actions.

CHINA

So far as China is concerned, it has enormous interest in Sindh; however unfortunately China has never taken public and hidden initiatives that could have helped support Sindh and Balochistan for their justified will to sustain and acquire sovereign rights within the Federation of Pakistan.

The history hitherto tells that China has been supporting Punjabi military establishment since last seven decades. It is quite clear that this fifteen years long process of implementing Chinese projects would be impossible until people of Sindh and Balochistan agree on it.

Therefore, if China is really interested in the projects, it needs to ensure Sindhi and Baloch following guarantees at least:

1. A full-stop to Pakistan Armed Forces Action in Sindh and Balochistan;

2. Separate agreements with the Provincial Governments concerning the projects which may give them guarantees;

3. China also needs to ensure that no initiatives in future would be taken by Punjab that may further tighten the colonization of Sindh, Balochistan and Pakhunkhuwa.

Conclusion


I think, so far the internal dynamics of the issues is concerned; no project can be completed without this; or if completed by the use of force, it will always face the threat of instability.

Finally, it seems that like previously China would sideline with the Punjabi military establishment of Pakistan; hence this is almost non-existent option so far. In case China really thinks about changing its policy towards internal affairs of Pakistan, Sindhis should have space for thinking on it.

Therefore, Sindhi and Baloch people have to look for the sympathizers, allies and friends from across the world that can be countries, rights bodies and Sindh and Balochistan friendly persons to resist the upcoming permanent of colonization process.

Nations use to take decisions on the ground realities, pragmatic, material and practical options, not on the assumptions and reading beyond the mature possibility. Therefore, people and the leadership of Sindh and Balochistan have to see this situation in open, broader and wider matrix.

Yes, Sindh needs more friends at this stage, and the tomorrow. We just cannot afford the reduction in the number of our sympathizers and friends. We have to expect hearing from almost all stake-holders.

I have a serious question. Why world cannot support the people of Sindh and Balochistan against stopping war crimes by Pakistan in both of the province through diplomatic pressure; or supporting both people on the similar lines of Libya, South Sudan, Kosovo and East Timor?

(This is only an analysis, and suggestion for Sindhi)


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About The Author
Zulfiqar Shah is a stateless activist, analyst, and researcher. Although he is a refugee, and living a life in exile, he is a born Sindhi and South Asian. Currently he lives in India.
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