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The world including China should respect the collective decision of Baloch nation: Hyrbyair Marri

The world including China should respect the collective decision of Baloch nation: Hyrbyair Marri | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Baloch patriot leader Hyrbyair Marri said on Saturday that no one will be allowed to exploit Baloch coastal resources, the international community including China should respect the collective decision of Baloch nation. “The world should not make any agreement with Pakistan without the consent of Baloch nation,” Mr Marri added. 

Expressing his concerns and disappointment over Pakistan’s handing over of Gwadar port to China, the Baloch leader said the entire world is witnessing that Baloch are sacrificing enormously in their struggle for their survival and Pakistan is committing atrocities to deny the Baloch their basic right to liberty because of which whole of Balochistan has become war effected area. 

“Until and unless Balochistan’s conflicts is resolved and Pakistan ends the illegal occupation of Balochistan, nobody’s safety is guaranteed. The Baloch are the owner of everything in Balochistan but their own lives are not safe, then how can one guarantee the protection of foreigners and their investments? Pakistan in its efforts to counter the Baloch freedom movement can strike a deal with anyone for pennies and sell Balochistan’s national wealth,” Said Hyrbyair Marri.

The Baloch leader further clarified that, “We are neither against international investment nor do we oppose economic and diplomatic relations with the rest of the world. In fact in an independent Baloch state the international community will be invited and encouraged to invest, in accordance with modern market economy. Their investment will be protected in a similar fashion as Arab countries who established diplomatic and economic relation with the international community. Obviously mutual relations with international will be made with the consent and approval of Baloch nation. However, Independent Baloch state will not be bound to respect any agreement that China or any other country makes with Pakistan without Baloch consent.”...

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Dragon at Gwadar | The Asian Age

Dragon at Gwadar | The Asian Age | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

As a reaction to the US’ “Pivot Asia” policy, the Chinese are debating a new policy, “Marching West” i.e. to focus on increasing Chinese influence and presence in South Asia, West Asia and Central Asia. The first beneficiary of this new initiative appears to be China’s all weather ally and nuclear proxy, Pakistan.
On February 1, 2013, the Pakistani government terminated its March 2007 agreement (valid for 40 years) and transferred the management-cum-development of the Gwadar port from the Port of Singapore Authority International to China’s Overseas Port Holdings. Sixty per cent of China’s oil imports transit through the Strait of Hormuz, located just 180 nautical miles (nm) from the Gwadar port. This strategic port, on the Balochistan coast, near the Iranian border, will be used by Chinese oil tanker ships to offload crude oil from West Asia. That is why, from Gwadar, there’s a proposed rail, road link and pipeline to transport oil and other goods to China, thus avoiding the Malacca and Singapore straits which can be closed during wartime or are vulnerable to piracy.
The Chinese are not just helping Pakistan build the Gwadar port, but have provided practically all the funding.
These developments, when seen along with the Chinese-built ports in Hambantotha (Sri Lanka) and new terminals at Chittagong and Sonadiya port (both in Bangladesh), and China’s move into the Maldives (where it’s reportedly providing “security assistance”), indicate troubled times ahead for India, as they complete the final links in the Chinese “string of pearls” strategy — to safeguard its sea lanes for energy imports, encircle India and dominate the Indian Ocean region.
It will take China about 20 years to convert the Gwadar port into a full-fledged naval base comprising facilities to repair warships and submarines, set up ammunition dumps for arming them, and build a suitable airfield for maritime surveillance and interdiction using drones and aircraft. And it is true that in the event of war, the Gwadar port and its installations could be destroyed by the Indian Navy and Air Force (as well as the US Navy), using land attack cruise missiles and fighter aircraft, but such an action against China and Pakistan — two nuclear powers — would have serious repercussions.

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Top Secret: ‘Project Varsha’ is India’s answer to Chinese presence in Gwadar

Top Secret: ‘Project Varsha’ is India’s answer to Chinese presence in Gwadar | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Top Secret: ‘Project Varsha’ is India’s answer to Chinese presence in Gwadar
Spencer Haskins's insight:

I don't usually post such saber-rattling on this page.  It is, however, disappointing that the Indian nation has chosen to confront Chinese expansionism militarily instead of supporting the legitimate rights of the Baloch to the port of Gwadar!  This choice has weakened India, weakened the Baloch, and strengthened China......

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