CPEC has fast tracked development in Balochistan: Roundtable session

By Staff Reporter | Pakistan Observer Jul 22, 2022

Islamabad Institute of Conflict Resolution organized a round table session titled “Securing Balochistan Amid Hybrid Warfare Through development”.

While speaking to the forum Senator Anwaar Ul Haq Kakar talked about myth surrounding that federation has exploitative policies towards Balochistan. Senator Kakar further added that Balochistan insurgency is deep rooted in the province and has at times rose again and again with extreme violent attacks. There has been negligence on our end and it has fanned the insurgency, said the senator. Adding further he said that there has been constant advocacy of Baloch insurgency from politicians or leaders which has worsened the situation.

Dr Farah Naz, while talking about hybrid warfare and Balochistan, She said that Balochistan is a test case of hybrid warfare against Pakistan. Every aspect of hybrid warfare is there in Balochistan. She further said that Balochistan has been ruled by its own people, people of Balochistan always look to federal government rather than introspection towards there own rulers.

Dr. Nazir talked about the current situation in Balochistan. He said that the debate on Balochistan is necessary we have fault lines in Balochistan and we need to accept it. It is unfortunate that We have a tunnel view of the real issues in closed comfortable rooms said Dr. Nazir. Adding further Dr. Hussain said that it is a false assumption that these issues can be solved through barrel.

Dr. Mansoor Ahmed who spoke about peace and development in Balochistan. He highlighted that it has been tested before to bring peace through development which is failing miserably, development doesn’t bring peace it’s the other way round. We need to realize it. Dr. Ahmed added further that Balochistan shall be given due importance in right way and its rights shall be addressed as well.

While addressing the audience Naeem Lodhi said that dialogue is necessary in order to resolve the issue in Balochistan. It is an absolute wrong notion that military suppresses the people. Military is the stake holder in peace development in the province. Adding further Gen. Lodhi said that it has been debated that Balochistan lack basic rights but it unfortunate that no identifies what rights are not being provided.

Talking about CPEC Gen. Lodhi said that Balochistan is vital to CPEC specifically Gwadar. In his concluding remarks he said that international factor cannot be neglected in Balochistan insurgency. Specifically when Balochistan is neighboring Iran and Afghanistan.

Lt. Gen. Dr. Zahid Latif Mirza. While speaking Dr. Mirza said that Balochistan is a protracted conflict. Successive governments have lacked the comprehensive solution to resolve the issue. Giving historical reference Dr. Zahid said that since the independence of Pakistan there has been inconsistencies in Balochistan and state has a history of having cosmetic response to it.

It is in-apt handling of the federation of the issue which is raising more complexities in conflict resolution. Adding further he said that there is a sense of alienation in people of Balochistan and what have we done in order to curtail it. All the initiatives which were launched in different governments faced down run because of lack of political will and proper institutionalized approached. While recommending Dr. Zahid said that unless and until structural reforms are brought in the provincial governments there would be no solution. Tendency of labelling Baloch as anti state shall be stopped before engaging in further solutions.

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