By Rahul Kumar
New Delhi, April 18: Baloch leader Naela Quadri Baloch said three Western countries recognized the newly formed Baluchistan government-in-exile on March 21. The Canadian-based leader had told the media last week that Balochistan’s government was based somewhere. in Europe.
The Baloch leader is also the chairman of the Baloch People’s Congress (BPC) and like other Baloch leaders has vehemently called for an independent Baloch nation separate from Pakistan.
India Narrative contacted Naela Quadri to find out more about the government in exile that was formed last month.
Naela Quadri declined to share the names of the three countries that have recognized the Baloch government, saying it would be premature to name them, but added that they are located in North America and Europe. She added that the Indian government however did not support the Baloch movement even though the Indian people showed their support.
She said her own party, the BPC, is not part of the government-in-exile because it is led by an individual and has no formal party structure. Naela Quadri added that the government in exile will follow parliamentary democracy and the Baluchi took inspiration from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
The Baloch leader has yet to reveal the names of ministers and details of the portfolio of the secret government in exile. She said the government was formed after various Baluchistan movements and groups across the world came together.
Naela Quadri was at the forefront of forming a government in exile to give voice to the Baloch community in international forums. She had traveled to New Delhi in 2016 to seek support from the Indian government for the same.
Geopolitical analyst Mark Kinra says the formation of the government in exile is important as it will create a platform for the Baloch community to have their voices heard at the highest international levels. “The Baloch people can even vote to elect their government in exile which gives them more authority, and it will be like a referendum against Pakistan.”
However, Kinra added that the government-in-exile of Balochistan needed the support of other contenders for Baloch politics because so far no one had announced tacit support for it.
Naela Quadri’s son, Mazdak Dilshad Baloch, said the government was at “a nascent stage but we got there after a long process. The Baloch people are coming together and there is light at the end of the tunnel.” He added that India was not supporting the Baloch government due to Pakistani pressure.
For a long time, Baloch nationalists viewed Pakistan as an exploitative state. They say Balochistan is treated like a colony by the Pakistani army and government which has kept the 40 million Baloch people underdeveloped and poor.
Baluchis also point to the gross abuse of human dignity by Pakistan’s military and intelligence agencies with “enforced disappearances” and killings plaguing the sparsely populated province.