An organization of indigenous people struggling to end Pakistani military occupation and loot plunder of Baluchistan has termed the recent mention of their occupied homeland in the joint text between Pakistan and India as a diplomatic victory for the Baluch people.
"We want to make it clear to the world that once Baluchistan is liberated we want to have good relations with Pakistan, India and Afghanistan and all other neighbors," the Anjuman Ittehad Marri said in a statement published in the pro-independence Tawar newspaper in Baluchistan.
AIM said the mention of Baluchistan in the joint statement by prime ministers Yusuf Raza Gilani and Manmohan Singh at Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt has brought the goal of an independent Baluchistan even closer as it has helped internationalize the Baluch question.
Gilani and Singh met at the sidelines of the 118-nation Non Aligned Movement summit in Egypt last week.
The Marri body said Gilani and Singh have openly conceded that the question of Baluchistan is extremely crucial.
The joint text had an item that read, "Prime Minister Gilani mentioned that Pakistan has some information on threats in Balochistan and other areas."
The Marri organization recalled Pakistan's ignonimous defeat at the hands of India in 1971 and poked fun at the Pakistani generals by telling them their pants that they left behind in Dhaka are still on display at the Indian museum in New Delhi. During Bangladesh's war of liberation, Pakistan army and its allied Al Qaeda-style organizations named al-Shams and al-Badr had killed three million Bengalis and raped 200,000 Bengali women but surendered to Indian troops who came to the rescue of hapless Bengali civilians.
The Marri body said Pakistan has long been advocating the Kashmir independence movement but has now become totally unnerved by the Baluch resistance.
The Marri organization said Pakistani rulers have been saying they are trying to solve the Baluch question by giving the Baluch a share in Baluchistan's national resources through a so-called constitutional package devised by stooge parliamentarians. This was nothing but a play of words in the Punjabi constitution, and all of this drama has now been exposed before the entire world [as Pakistan concedes they have a serious problem in Baluchistan], the organization said.
They said the war of liberation raging in Baluchistan has engulfed Pakistan like wild fire and by mention of Baluchistan in the joint text the issue of Baluchistan will be properly highlighted at the international fora.
The Anjumman Ittehad Marri is loyal to legendary Baluch leader Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri, 89, who has long held the view allowing Pakistan to exploit Baluch national resources while Baluchistan was still under Pakistani occupation would be contrary to Baluch national interests.
One of Marri's sons, Bala'ach Marri threw the gauntlet at the Pakistan army and was killed in November 2007, while a second son Baluch national hero Hyrbiar Marri was jailed in London on the bidding of former military dictator general Pervez Musharraf on false terrorism charges.
Most of Marri's other sons are also totally committed to Baluchistan's liberation.
The Marri organization rebuked Pakistani occupation forces for alleging foreign interference in Baluchistan and said the Punjabi occupiers know the Baluch traditions and values quite well that they can be on empty stomach, with rags on their bodies and without shoes, but consider it their duty to support the resistance groups fighting for the liberation of Baluchistan.
The Marri organization cautioned the world that during the 1980s Pakistan played a key role in the disintegration of the Soviet Union, today they are using the same ploy against the United States.
"Pakistan's ISI [Inter Services Intelligence] and Taliban are to sides of the same coin," the Marri body said. The "Taliban fight the Americans during the daytime and during the night they sit with generals at the GHQ and ISI office to make plans for further attacks."
The Marri organization said the Baluch are not terrorists but freedom fighters.
They recalled the Inspector General of the Frontier Corp recently asked the Baluch to lay down their arms. They said they wanted to remind the IGFC general that surrendering arms was a formula of General A.A.K. Niazi, who headed the eastern command of the Pakistan army during the Bengali war of liberation in 1971 and surrendered before the very eyes of 90,000 Pakistani troops.
The Marri body asked the Punjabi soldiers if they really love their children and families and want to lead a peaceful and prosperous life, then they should quit their military jobs and leave Baluchistan. But if they continue to fight against the locals, there is no guarantee for their safe return as the Baluch are resolved to give all kinds of sacrifices for their national liberation.
The Marri body said mercenary soldiers are being sent to die an ignonimous death in Baluchistan by their officers who are themselves leading a life of lavish luxuries.
They deplored that a common soldier's pay is just a few thousnads bucks and its absurd of them to join the army, Frontier Corp and police and put themselves into harms way in Baluchistan.
The Marris advised these soldiers to return their weapons to their officers and head towards their homes and no Baluch will touch them. But if they try to work against the Baluch on the Baluch homeland then none can save them from the fury of the Baluch masses.
The Marri organization also fully supported the campaign of defiance launched by the Baloch Students Organization [Azad] as part of the Baluch uprising against the occupation forces.
Frustarted by almost daily attacks on Pakistani forces, Pakistani secret services have launched Nazi-style brutalities against Baluch youth and students.
Just in the early hours of Monday, Sami Baloch was abducted as he was returning from a tuition center to his home near Satellite Town in Quetta by the Pakistani militia, named Frontier Corps.
Sami Baloch is student of M.A. Geology in Balochistan University and he is the member of organizing body of BSO (Azaad) Balochistan University unit. His whereabouts were unknown until the filing of this report.
The Marri organization resloved the Baluch struggle will continue until independence is achieved. It regretted the enemies of the Baluch in the Pakistan army do not undertsand the language of peace, the only way left for the Baluch is to employ armed struggle to end the Pakistani military occupation of Baluchistan.
Though the Marris welcomed the inclusion of Baluch in the Gilani-Singh joint statement, opinion remains divided among friends of Baluchistan in India -- the only country that is providing some moral support to the Baluch struggle --, over its far-reaching implications for the Baluch.
Some influential circles in India condemned Singh for allowing Pakistan to portray Baluch as terrorists in the joint statement.
B. Raman, a former chief of the Indian foreign spy service Research and Analysis Wing, in an open letter to Congress Party chief Sonia Gandhi asked her to discipline Singh for his blunder, while others said a shrewd Singh has allowed Pakistan to internationalize the Baluch question what many in the world could have viewed as its domestic issue.