After the cold war, West has taken Islam  as the number one threat to replace Communism. Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Tunis, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Syria, Libya are examples of creating instability and destabilizing the Islamic world lest they unite and become a force to reckon with.

By S. M. Hali

The resolution by US House of Representatives on Balochistan is not only in extreme bad taste but amounts to interfering in Pakistan's internal affairs, contrary to UN mandate. Balochistan is an integral part of Pakistan, the Khan of Kalat, signed the letter of accession on March 27, 1948, while the other states, which were under British rule, became part of the newly independent country in 1947. Since then a number of vested interests have tried to fish in troubled waters through separatist movements trying to wrest control from the government of Pakistan through an armed struggle. The first was led by Prince Karim Khan, the brother of the Khan of Kalat in 1948, and later by Nawab Nowroz Khan in 1968. These tribal uprisings were limited in scope; a more serious insurgency was led by the Mari and Mengal tribes between 1973 and 1977. The aspiration of these groups has been for the existence of a “Greater Balochistan”— a single independent state ruled under tribal jirgas (a tribal system of government) and comprising the historical Balochistan region, found within Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 2005 there was another struggle to achieve these aims; in 2006, Nawab Akbar Bugti the leader of the movement was killed in an armed clash with Pakistan Army. During the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the intelligence agency of USSR, the KGB created inroads by arming insurgents in the strife torn province to destabilize Pakistan and reduce the pressure on its troops by Mujahedin attacks launched and supported by Pakistan. Security reports indicate that the same KGB agents have been rehired this time by the US to destabilize Pakistan and pressurize it to stop its alleged support to the Taliban targeting US troops in Afghanistan.

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Perhaps moving a resolution on Balochistan by lawmaker Dana Rohrabacher is part of a grand plan commenced by former US President George W. Bush, who in a Freudian slip had called it the “Crusades”, in which the Islamic world is being targeted. After the cold war, West has taken Islam as number one threat to replace Communism. Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Tunis, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Syria, Libya are examples of creating instability and destabilizing the Islamic world lest they unite and become a force to reckon with.

Balochis have been a fierce and warlike race. The British first came across them during the First Afghan War in 1839, when the British army marched through the inhospitable barren tracts of Balochistan and was confronted by the ferocious Balochi tribes, whose incessant marauding attacks caused heavy losses and sufferings to the marching columns and baggage trains. After the Indian War of Independence in 1857, in which the British nearly lost everything, they realized the solution to their problems in India lay in recruiting natives with warlike qualities to serve in the British army. Recognizing the brave and fearless qualities of the Balochis, the British raised the Baloch Regiment, which fought for them resolutely in the Abyssinian Campaign of 1868, the Second Afghan War in 1878 and both the World Wars. Now the US, aided by its partner in the crime India, is using the Baloch to foment insurgency.

The grouse of the Balochis is not unfounded, since successive Pakistani governments, even those led by Baloch themselves have done little or nothing for the uplift of the backward province. The feudal and tribal system prevalent in the troubled province has not helped matters since the warlords endeavour to keep their minions immersed in the darkness of ignorance to keep them subservient.

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However, the attempt by the US and its lawmakers to fish in troubled waters is a deliberate attempt to interfere in the sovereignty of Pakistan. The move follows the last two or three years of souring relations between Pakistan and the US. Blackballing Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, installing CIA agents in Pakistan, the Raymond Davis affair, the Osama bin Laden episode, the unwarranted attack on Pakistani military check-post in Salala and now the resolution on Balochistan are all part of the greater plot. What the US forgets is that the erstwhile USSR had also indulged in similar machination but paid dearly by becoming destabilized itself and ultimately disintegrated into the Central Asian States. By following in its footsteps and indulging in numerous wars, the USA has overstretched its resources; its economy is on the verge of collapse and there is a strong possibility that its 50 states will disintegrate into independent ones. It should concentrate on stemming its own rot rather than sullying Pakistan’s affairs.