Balochistan, a region rich not only in natural resources but also in human potential, has long been stifled under the shadow of occupation by Pakistan and Iran. Despite the hardships endured by its people, the Baloch spirit remains unbroken, with determination and courage in the face of adversity. To reclaim their freedom and assist other oppressed nations in the region, the Baloch people must capitalise on their most valuable resource: their intellectual and human capital.
As long as Pakistan and Iran continue to occupy and oppress the region, the Baloch people and their neighbours will not be able to experience freedom, a fundamental right that is dear to every person. Freedom requires decisive action, unwavering leadership, and strategic thought. This struggle is not just for Balochistan, but for all nations in the region that live under Iranian and Pakistani occupation.
To achieve this monumental goal, the Baloch must prioritise developing the intellectual and visionary capacity of the rising generation. Education and training must be at the forefront of this cause, empowering the younger generation to stand up to Pakistan and Iran’s cruelty and unjust actions. By developing new resistance strategies, tactics, and tools, the Baloch will be able to realise their maximum potential and strengthen their fight for freedom.
The Baloch people should also look at examples from around the world, such as the State of Israel, that have utilized the value of the human intellect to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. Despite scarce water resources and a lack of oil reserves, Israel has developed a thriving economy centred around its population’s intellectual prowess. The nation exports agricultural products, invests heavily in innovation, and has become a global leader in technology.
A united front, standing side by side, can harness this same power to liberate Balochistan and its neighbours from the grip of Pakistan and Iran. Achieving freedom and empowering their collective populations can only be accomplished through the collaborative efforts of those suffering under occupation, with the Baloch people leading the charge.
Let us unite in our pursuit of freedom, utilising our intellectual capital to foster unity and strengthen the resolve of all oppressed nations in the region. Together, the Baloch people and their neighbours can rise above the tyranny of Pakistan and Iran, reclaim their homelands, and create a brighter future for each nation. The power of the human mind, fueled by courage and determination, will ultimately guide us to victory and freedom for all.
Sohrab Baloch is a political activist and a graduate of international relations from the University of Balochistan.