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Zulfiqar Shah
Sindh-Balochistan: International interests 22 September, 2016
It was a great exchange of ideas and thoughts with Nepali journalist, who just got free from his professional responsibilities of the media coverage for Nepali Prime Minister's visit of India.
"How about Sindh and Balochistan after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement on Balochistan?" he questioned. "Well, Sindh-Balochistan together have brighter future both within and beyond Pakistan if their interests are associated with the international interests," I replied.

China-Pakistan partnership would only be sustainable if Sindh and Balochistan are satisfied. The angry people from both of the historical lands would not allow the project, if it is against the interests of Sindh and Balochistan. Because, it is not a matter of construction of road infrastructure, it is primarily an issue of security of the activities on the hundreds miles road, which will decide the sustainability of Pakistan China Partnership.

India is eyeing a permanent seat in the Security Council, against which Pakistan would take measures with reference to Kashmir and border related issues. It seems, therefore Indian authorities may highlight the issue of Sindh and Balochistan.

There are interests of the USA, the UK, the EU and Russia as well. Coastal Sindh and Balochistan are the only corridor of communication between and among Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and Meditation Sea that can connect Europe, North America, Africa, Central Asia, Russia and China with each other.

Sindh and Balochistan have significantly important social movements. In Sindh, hundreds of thousands have been taking to streets and demanding freedom of Sindh. In fact, world's largest social movement for popular participation point of view is Sindh Freedom Movement. Besides, Baloch are waging war for Balochistan since over last two decades.

No doubt, there are two sets of political parties in both the provinces: Secessionist, and federalist but autonomy mongering. There may be some less popular parties having centrist agenda. In Sindh, Jeay Sindh Qomi Mahaz (JSQM) is the second largest public mobilising party of Pakistan and second largest political party of Sindh.

If all Sindhi nationalists are clubbed together, they form majority of the province. Besides, Pakistan People's Party (PPP), Mutahida Qomi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Muslim League - Functional as well as Pakistan Muslim League - N, Sindh Chapter have been against centralisation of power. Similar political trends are found in Balochistan where the factors like high altitude mountains and smaller population have pushed people to wage an armed struggle instead of carrying peaceful freedom movement like Sindh.

Although Sindh Liberation Army / Sindhudesh Liberation Army has / have been there in Sindh but they haven't targeted a human or animals / birds in their actions. Therefore, they also are considered peaceful although using violent means.

If world, and the region, has to think about Sindh and Balochistan, they have to be open minded on the issue and interests of Sindh and Balochistan who demanded the USA, the UK, France, Russia and China's intervention for the freedom of Sindh and Balochistan while protesting through Sindh Freedom marches in Karachi participated by a few millions of Sindh residents.

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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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