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Balochistan; the Most Important Place on Earth

By Shawn Forbes

Throughout all recorded history, when each of the most prolific empires was at its peak, the rugged harsh terrain of Balochistan was its frontier. This was true as far back as the IVC of the early Bronze Age. Settlements have been found in ancient Balochistan dating to 4th millennium bce. The Assyrian, Babylonian, Parthian and Macedonian Empires each held Balochistan at the height of their civilizations, and upon losing control of the region, each empire fell. Even the Hellenistic Greek Empire was at its apex while they held the Balochistan territory.

When Alexander the Great’s armies met their demise at the hands of the Indian Mauryan Empire, the Indian Empire took control of the region and was prosperous until the region was invaded by the Huns, and again later by the Scythian Saka tribes. When Neo-Persian Sassanian Kingdom was at its height they too controlled Balochistan. Upon losing control of the Baloch region, the Neo-Persian Empire fell to the Arab Muslim conquest. Later the Mongols maintained control of Balochistan when at their strongest, but the region was again lost to the Mughals. It was during Mughal reign when the Baloch people began to identify themselves as an ethnicity and formed the First Baloch Confederacy. Although this federation of Baloch tribes were still subjects of the Mughal Empire, the Khans of the Baloch tribes held positions of regional authority. After the Mughals, the Khans were recognized by the British and under rule of British Raj the princely state of Kalat was formed.

The Khans of Kalat administered the Balochistan region until it was annexed by Pakistan. On April 1st 1948, Pakistan invaded Balochistan and arrested Mir Ahmad Yar Khan. Through blackmail and subterfuge they forced the Khan to sign the accession documents. Baloch armed forces in the regions revolted against the illegal invasion and occupation of their homeland. The initial Baloch resistance fought the Pakistan forces until 1952. Baloch tribesmen staged rebellions several more times from 1958-60, 1962-69 and 1973-77. Each time they were overwhelmed by the well armed, well financed, and foreign supported Pakistani forces.

Since the initial invasion Pakistan has constantly plundered the vast natural resources of Balochistan and ruthlessly oppressed the population. Countless massacres during the Pakistani occupation of Balochistan have led to hundreds of thousands of deaths. In Modern day Pakistan this practice of discrimination and oppression of Baloch people has intensified. Pakistan has always maintained a heavy military presence in the region, but now it has dramatically ramped up that presence. The Pakistan ISI has abducted detained and extra-judicially murdered tens of thousands of Baloch civilians. Every day there are numerous abductions in Balochistan. The Tortured and Bullet-Riddled bodies of the abductees are recovered on a daily basis scattered around the countryside in ditches and gutters.

Pakistan State Agents deny responsibility for these atrocities and promise to bring economic development to the region. Yet the reality is that Pakistan continues to plunder the vast gas reserves and gold mines of Balochistan without any compensation or benefit to the indigenous Baloch people. Instead of economic growth & prosperity, the Baloch people are instead punished mercilessly by the Pakistani Frontier Corps. The FC has ravaged the Baloch countryside, burning villages and murdering Baloch tribesmen. Heavy military weaponry and gunship helicopters are deployed against civilian targets under the guise of fighting an insurgency.

Today, just as it was in ancient times, the Balochistan region has once again become the center of the world. The balance of power amongst today’s most powerful nations teeters upon the fate of Balochistan. Aside from the abundance of Rare Earth Elements in the region which drew the ancient kingdoms to its vast deserts and rugged mountains, Balochistan was also strategically situated on the coast of the Arabian Sea. Gwadar Port has been used as a major shipping port for raw materials & natural resources since the prehistoric times. Control of this port and the subsequent shipping lanes is a major contributing factor to the very prosperity of the ruling Empires. The Greeks, Persians, Arabs, Indians, Mongols, Moghuls, and even the British Rajs all used Gwadar Port not only to facilitate the plunder of Balochistan’s resources, but also to bring soldiers, supplies, and slaves to the region. Now, more than ever, the fate of Balochistan and Gwardar Port is crucial to both global economic stability and international security.

In the early 1970’s a deal was made with Saudi Arabia to designate American Dollars as the official petro currency. To put it simply, any country in the world wishing to purchase oil has to do so with American Dollars. Then President Richard Nixon, his Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and the Saudi Royal family made a deal to protect Saudi Oil fields with US Military Forces in exchange for the petro currency status. By 1975 all oil-producing nations of OPEC had agreed to use the US Dollar as an official petro currency.

Every time oil is purchased with US Dollars the transaction boosts demand for US Dollar, and in turn increases the value of the Dollar. This led to another deal with the OPEC nations, where they were convinced to keep their profits in the form of US Government Bonds. Essentially the US Government gets free zero interest perpetual loans every time oil is purchased. The petrodollar system has been in place for so long that the entire US economy has become dependent upon it.

Because of this system, other nations in the world which require oil to fuel their economy are forced to do so with the inflated US Dollars thereby preventing their economies from prospering. The growth of many developing countries has been stymied by the petro dollar scheme; some have been completely unable to sustain their own population. Nations such as Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Iran began to sell oil directly to the Asian markets, without involving US Dollars in the transactions.

Under Saddam Hussein Iraq attempted an oil-for-food program in which it began accepting food and medical supplies in exchange for oil, the US claimed they were selling oil for Euros and invaded Iraq under the now admittedly false pretense of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

More recently in Libya, Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi attempted to implement an oil-for-gold program in which an African gold Dinar currency could be accepted as payment for oil. Again this program was derailed by the US invasion under the pretense of humanitarian intervention.

Today, only Syria and Iran remain defiant of the OPEC petro dollar agreement. Iran even implemented their own basket transaction system where multiple currencies are used to purchase oil, thus fairly distributing currency demand and valuation amongst all involved parties. Both Syria and Iran have suffered heavy Embargos and Sanctions because of their defiance.

This brings us back to Balochistan. China is one of Iran’s biggest oil customers, and through Gwadar Port China can easily import oil directly from Iran. Working with Pakistan, China has developed a plan not only to develop Gwadar Port itself, but to link it directly to Chinese territories with a new “economic corridor”. This venture entails the construction of a direct (road/rail/pipe) shipping route for Iranian oil and Baloch natural gas through Balochistan into China’s Xinjiang province. Control of Gwadar Port and the construction of their shipping corridor through Balochistan are vital to the continued growth of the Chinese economy.

Pakistani politicians touted the Chinese development as a method of providing economic growth to Balochistan, but in reality it has provided nothing but increased suffering and tragedy. To facilitate their “economic corridor” Pakistan decided to remove the Baloch people from the region through genocide. Frontier Corps were dispatched to loot and burn the villages and towns of the Baloch people, and continue to do so even now. Through strict control of media outlets, and thanks to the Chinese dominance in the UN, Pakistan is able to abduct and murder Baloch people with absolute impunity.

Balochistan not only illustrates the rise and fall of ancient civilizations, but the rise and fall of our own civilizations. As China gains control of Balochistan, they cement their position as a global superpower, and gain assured economic stability. Through Balochistan and Gwadar port, China also establishes the strategic capacity to quickly respond to any potential threat upon their interests in the region.

Although difficult to keep up with the onslaught, to date roughly 18,000 Baloch Persons have been abducted by Pakistani State Agents in recent years. 1,500 dead bodies of Baloch abductees have been recovered over the past few years. Human Rights agencies such as the International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons as well as regional political entities such as the Baloch Republican Party and Baloch National Party have been working hard to publicize the ongoing genocide.

Creating global awareness amongst the clouds of deception employed by Pakistan State Controlled Media outlets has proven to be a monumental task. The Pakistan media outlets portray the Baloch people as extremists and terrorists. Nothing could be further from the truth, as the Baloch fight for independence is a secular one, and is not motivated by extremist beliefs. Rather the Baloch fight for their right to choose their fate. The Baloch fight for a sovereign state free of religious extremism, political corruption, and fascist violence.

Pakistan isn’t simply fighting the Baloch, they are fighting the idea of an independent sovereign Baloch state. Pakistan state agents not only wish to destroy the Baloch themselves, but to destroy their very identity. Baloch intellectuals, and activists are always top priority targets, but nobody is safe. Right now, the most important thing for the Baloch people to do is survive. Only by surviving the Pakistani onslaught can the Baloch people truly defeat the terrorist Pakistan state.