The youngest but most sensible Baloch freedom leader has once again held out the olive branch to the Pakistani establishment by backing ousted premier Nawaz Sharif and has said rigging elections against the former premier would be catastrophic for Pakistan.
The chief of Baloch Republican Party (BRP), Brahumdagh Bugti, 35, who Pakistan alleges also heads the Baloch Republican Army, represents a voice of reason among Baloch nationalists. Despite bearing the brunt of the worst atrocities by Pakistani authorities, Bugti has kept the doors for political settlement open, a report carried by a new website affiliated with the party said.
“After all, the Baloch are relatively in few numbers and have waged a struggle for their human rights and right of self-determination for several decades. But their courage notwithstanding, the Baloch cannot succeed by armed struggle. They will eventually need a political settlement that recognizes their national rights,” the RNN reported.
In a recent tweet, Bugti had hailed the struggle of the ousted prime minister against the Deep State for democracy and rule of law in the South Asian country where the army and spy services still call the shots.
Immature Baloch nationalists, who are called “aspro” as they create unnecessary headache in politics, tried to paint the tweet in a negative light but Bugti’s pragmatic approach is likely to lead to more allies for the Baloch people in the common struggle.
The Deep State has adopted an absolutely rigid stance against the Baloch who demand their just rights. The architect of the Kargil misadventure and coup leader, General Pervez Musharraf—an Indian immigrant who was not even born in Pakistan–, ordered the assassination of Nawab Akbar Bugti, former governor and chief minister of Balochistan, and had proudly proclaimed the end of Baloch resistance and Baloch nationalism. However, the Baloch people’s just struggle proved him wrong.
“The establishment has retaliated by completely taking over Balochistan’s political process, installing puppets in the provincial government and taking away any semblance of real Baloch representation in the government. Human Rights violation in Balochistan are rampant, forcing many Baloch leaders into exile or driving them underground. Those supporting the Baloch are dismissed as foreign agents,” the RNN news item reads.
Some Pakistanis, though small in number are committed to democracy and human rights who speak out boldly for the Baloch. It is in the interest of the Baloch struggle that the Baloch seek support from any politician who confronts the Pakistani establishment. Brahumdagh Bugti’s grandfather had always engaged in democratic struggle and also had excellent relationship with Mian Nawaz Sharif.
The young Bugti regrets Pakistani politicians’ tendency to ignore the Baloch plight out of fear of the deep Statebut believes in expand the circle of friends of the Baloch people from among opponents of Pakistan’s Deep State.
When Lt Gen Naseer Janjua was the corps commander of Balochistan, he sent Balochistan chief minister Malik Baloch and Frontiers Minister Lt Gen (rtd) Abdul Qadir Chanal to Geneva for talks to Geneva and and also to London to talk with the Khan of Kalat, Mir Suleman Daud. According to the Herald magazine the two leaders had agreed to return and had put forward very small demands but the hawks in the Deep State thought bombs and bullets are the best solution to deal with the bleeding wounds of Balochistan.
The American Friends of Balochistan that rejects the use of violence in politics wholeheartedly welcomed the stance of the BRP chief. “Brahumdagh Bugti’s stance is the right course for Balochistan. It is clear that all oppressed nations have to form an alliance with the political and democratic forces of the Punjab,” said Najeeb Khan, the AFB president
According to Bugti locals as many as 20,000 Bugti tribesmen have been killed in the Balochistan unrest since the assassination of Nawab Bugti.
Many Bugti well wishers want the young leader to be on the hotline with Maryam Nawaz Sharif, who is most likely to become a future prime minister of Pakistan.
On the instigation of the army GHQ, Pakistan’s higher courts have not only disqualified the ousted premier but also Khawaja Asif, who was quite vocal