Baloch writer Naela Qadri Baloch, a long-time campaigner for Balochistan’s independence from Pakistan, arrived here on Tuesday with a view to set up a Baloch government-in-exile.
Naela Baloch, who waited for almost three months to get an Indian visa, flew into New Delhi from Kabul. She was scheduled to address an outreach programme organised by the RSS-backed India Policy Foundation earlier this month but could not do so for failing to secure a visa.
“I have multiple engagements in Delhi. I am looking forward to meet a number of political leaders here to garner support to form a Baloch government-in-exile,” she told IANS.
She was received at the Indira Gandhi International Airport by her son Mazdak Dilshad Baloch, who reached New Delhi in August, and several other Baloch activists.
Several Baloch leaders from Pakistan and from other countries have begun visiting New Delhi since Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day address of August 15, highlighted the Baloch issue .
“Things are changing rapidly at the international level (after the PM’s speech). You have seen in the United Nations...other countries are coming forward to support the Balochistan issue,” Naela Baloch, who lives in self-exile in Canada, told reporters after arriving at the IGI airport.
Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest province in terms of area, has witnessed a long-running insurgency for which Islamabad blames New Delhi.
“Things are changing rapidly at the international level. You have seen in the United Nations...other countries are coming forward to support the Balochistan issue,” Prof Baloch, who lives in self-exile in Canada, told reporters after arriving at the IGI airport.
Mazdak, who is also a prominent Baloch activist, said Prof Baloch will be in India for the next one week or so and address a number of seminars and meetings.
The Baloch cause for freedom has received a major diplomatic push since Modi brought up Pakistani atrocities on people of Balochistan and PoK in his Independence Day speech.
Another prominent exiled Baloch leader, Brahamdagh Bugti, had approached the Indian embassy in Geneva seeking asylum in India last month.