Kashmir is a resolved issue, all it requires now is for people to sit at the table with India and let go of Pakistan, said Baloch activist Mir Mazdak Dilshad Baloch on Saturday.
Asserting there is no comparison between the Baloch struggle for independence and the demand for self rule in the Kashmir Valley, Dilshad said Kashmiris should “recognise Pakistan is not a good friend, you can see the examples of Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Balochistan.”
Dilshad, who has been camping in India since July to garner support for the Baloch struggle for freedom, disagreed with the perception that Narendra Modi raised the issue of human rights violations in Balochistan in his Independence Day address to divert attention from the turmoil in Kashmir or to peeve Pakistan. The ongoing struggle in the Valley has claimed over 80 civilian lives.
“Kashmiris should see the expansionist plans of Pakistan…they tried to do the same with Balochistan, they tried to do this is Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. They have already sold it (PoK) to China. They have sold their boots on the ground in Gilgit, Baltistan,” Dilshad told Hindustan Times.
Son of noted author-activist Naela Qadri Baloch and filmmaker Mir Ghulam Mustafa Raisaini, Dilshad also spoke at a seminar on Balochistan organised by an RSS think-tank Indian Policy Foundation.
He said the difference between Baloch struggle and that of Kashmiris demand for self rule is that Balochistan was a free country and unlike the Valley not a princely state that was part of India.
“Modiji has already revised his strategy, he’s started to see Kashmir differently; his strategy on Kashmir on Kashmir is different from Pakistan…this will help resolve Kashmir. It is a resolved problem, they just need to sit on the table with India and let go of Pakistan,” he said.
On whether the free Baloch representatives will form a government in exile in India, he said, a decision is yet to be taken. “Yesterday (Friday) our elders have announced it…we hope all parties will come together on the issue of free Balochistan. Soon we will have a government in exile…it can be even in Dhaka.”
Dilshad said apart from India which has focused the world’s attention on the problems of the Baloch people, their struggle is being supported by Bangladesh and Afghanistan. “These countries are the affected by terrorist activities of Pakistan,” he said.