Balochistan has large gas reserves, but the women of the region are forced to cook on wood fires. This is the irony of the place and Pakistan is leaving no stone unturned to make the people of the region into a minority.
The Balochistan movement has gained momentum after Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised the issue during his Independence Day address.
In a recent march by the activists of the Free Balochistan Movement, several atrocities being committed by Pakistan were highlighted. Other issues that were highlighted include the Gwadar port on which the people of Balochistan were not consulted.
High in gas reserves, but women cook on wood fires
The activists say that there are no schools, hospitals and Pakistan is doing nothing for the benefit of the people. Even in 21st century, Baloch women are forced to cook on wood fires, although the province has largest gas reserves, the activists point out.
Pakistan is trying to build what it calls an 'economic corridor' Balochistan's Gawadar port to coast to China. The Baloch were not consulted hence the so called corridor is not being built with the agreement of Baloch people.
Further the activists say that most of the funds that Pakistan receives is used for disruptive activities. They bring to the notice of the world that the F-16 aircrafts and the Cobra attack helicopters are not used to fight against terrorism, but to kill the people of Balochistan.
The activists also accuse the Pakistan military of inflicting brutalities on the people of Balochistan. Pakistan forces brutal torture, murder and then dumps the dead bodies of abducted Baloch or buries them in mass graves.
Amnesty International calls this a "Kill and Dump Policy."
About 20,000 Baloch have been abducted and disappeared and many of the abducted Baloch were found dead. Over 100,000 forced to live like refugees in their own country because their villages were bombed and burned by Pakistani army, the activists also say.