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Blogging Balochistan
Monday, 9 May 2005
America in Balochistan..once again
There was an article, about Balochistan, in The Economist titled "The tribes arise". I would have let it go like many other articles, but when i saw Aaasap and Intekhab publishing the exatcly same story, and saying things which i didn't belive i had read in that article, i had to visit the story one more time.

Read the article here.

According to PakTribune, Aasap, and Intekhab, the article has said that America and India are behind Balochistan's unrest.

I am not sure the article is saying so. I will copy the relevent parts here. You, the readers decide for yourself.

"The foreign hand

Unwittingly, outsiders have stoked the conflict. Thirsting for oil, America and India want to build a pipeline through the province, running south from the wells of Central Asia, or, in India's case, east from Iran. India's dynamic oil minister, Mani Shankar Aiyar—who also dreams of a pan-Asian gas grid—has suggested that the second pipeline could be completed by 2011. On reaching the coast, the Central Asian pipeline would disgorge into supertankers gathered off the emerging port at Gwadar. Chinese engineers are building the port with an initial loan from China of $200m. As its capacity increases, Gwadar will halve the distance between Xinjiang, the westernmost province of China, and its nearest accessible port—currently some 2,000 miles (3,000 km)."

"Conspiracy unlimited

Where the pipelines are concerned, the nationalists appear to be gripped by a common delusion that America secretly wants Baluchistan to secede from Pakistan, in order to secure the superpower a new source of oil. Indeed, the uniformity of the nationalists' expressed grievances and conspiracy theories, is striking. Traditionally, the government found it easy to use patronage to divide the warring tribes. Of late, however, a greater coherence has emerged. Last year, the four Baluchi nationalist parties, including three headed by sardars, formed an alliance to put their demands to the parliamentary commission."

These are two paras where the writer talks about any foreign involvement in Balochistan. It does not says that US/India are behind everything. But the NNI (a pakistani news agency) chose to project this article as the secret-revealing-article-from-the-west. And our Baloch newspapers (Aasap and Intekhab) 'unwittingly' went along with it.

Posted by Gedroshian at 2:08 PM EDT
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