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“Balochistan Imbroglio: Role of Feudals and Foreign Powers”
ABSTRACT BALOCHISTAN IMBROGLIO: ROLE OF FEUDALS AND FOREIGN POWERS Twenty first century with its communication revolution has brought paradigm change in our thinking, freedom of expression, ability to communicate throughout the length and breadth of world, transforming group psyche and society. Balochistan is at crossroads, the traditional tribal lords, who enjoyed absolute powers until a while ago resist change, while the rising educated middle class, emboldened by freedom of expression wants to wriggle out of status quo and from this vicious circle of exploitation. Federal Govt which hitherto fore maintained writ through appeasement of select few, has finally realised that this policy of indirect rule has lost the popular support of masses. This study reveals that some aggrieved Sardars tend to present Balochistan as a victim of state’s exploitation and wilful denial of political, economic, cultural and social rights to its people. This perception has been built purposely and the deprivations accentuated by the vested foreign interests, in their attempt to weaken the state. The research is focussed to identify elements contributing in the ensuing imbroglio in Balochistan. Two main contributors are the sardars and foreign powers. Weakened federation and destabilised Balochistan is common interest of both for pursuing their materialistic ambitions. Merger of Balochistan with Pakistan is presented by Sardars as an act of forceful annexation and this was amply disproved while unearthing the actual history of province. Intermittent insurgencies in Balochistan were initiated and fuelled, showing Federation as villain, but in actual fact behind each insurgency, lied clear materialistic interests of Sardars and foreign hand. Socio-economic development of province is an anathema to Sardars and their foreign pay masters, so we witness till today sporadic acts of violence to deter or impede development in Balochistan. The future of Balochistan lies in development and empowerment of its lower middle class through creation of more administrative units, just use of its rich mineral resources and provision of all amenities at doorstep. Some of the macro programmes in this context have been covered in this research. The study aims to separate myths from reality, expose the real faces behind this deprivation hype, and it suggests measures to overcome this imbroglio.
This is the study about issue of socio-political unrest in Balochistan and its causes as well as recommendation to resolve the issue.