Written By: Raheel Suleman
"We are proud of being Pakistanis" All set to celebrate 23rd March in A befitting manner
People of Pakistan, particularly Balochistan are gearing up to celebrate momentous day of March 23, 1940 with national enthusiasm and fervour. Even those who were misguided by some disgruntled and anti-state elements have changed their hearts and minds and now raise the slogan of Pakistan Zindabad! This change did not come easy, rather it was the collective effort of civil-military leadership and, of course, the masses. The year 2017 will commemorate the 77th year of Pakistan Resolution – a great day for all of us, indeed.
On March 23, 1940, Lahore Resolution which is popularly known as Pakistan Resolution was presented by Maulvi A.K. Fazlul Huq at Minto Park in Lahore now renamed as “Iqbal Park”, in which it was unanimously decided to create a separate homeland for Muslims of the Subcontinent. Due to the dedicated efforts of our leaders under the leadership of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and after immense sacrifices of Muslims of the Subcontinent, they finally achieved a separate homeland. Till that time Muslims were meted out step-motherly treatment by the Hindu majority. Today we are free to shape our own destiny. It gave us our identity as citizens of an independent Muslim state.
Authorities in Balochistan, including the military have made plans to mark the day with befitting celebrations throughout the province. There is an air of celebration in Balochistan as masses, from the depths of their hearts, acknowledge the great sacrifices of the freedom movement leaders for giving them a separate homeland.
Balochistan is the largest of the four provinces of Pakistan, covering almost 44% of the total area of Pakistan. People of Balochistan stood shoulder to shoulder with the Muslim League leadership for the creation of Pakistan.
The foundation of the Muslim League in Balochistan was laid by a young known lawyer of Balochistan, Qazi Isa. Father of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah personally visited Balochistan many times.
It was in 1938 that Qazi Isa paid a visit to Quaid-i-Azam at Bombay on his return from studies in England and was so impressed that he accepted the invitation of the Quaid to form and organize the Muslim League in Balochistan. Quaid-i-Azam also made a highly successful four day visit to Kalat on personal invitation of Khan Mir Ahmed Yar Khan, ruler of Kalat State.
Like other parts of Pakistan, Balochistan is also geared up to commemorate the 77th year of Pakistan Resolution. Authorities in Balochistan including the military have made plans to mark the day with befitting celebrations throughout the province. There is an air of celebration in Balochistan as masses, from the depths of their hearts, acknowledge the great sacrifices of the freedom movement leaders for giving them a separate homeland.
Bebargh Marri who is a vendor in Kechi Beg area of Saryab, once a stronghold of Baloch separatists, upon being contacted quipped that those who are now living a luxurious life abroad and operating from outside against Pakistan are not loyal with Baloch people, Balochistan and Pakistan. "They are just filling their pockets by pleasing their masters and have done nothing for us," he said adding, "such fake leadership now stands fully exposed and we reject them outrightly". Marri vowed that he, along with people of the area, will celebrate 23rd March with fervour and maintained that they love Pakistan and are ready to render any kind of sacrifice for their motherland.
India is now openly supporting handpicked and so-called separatists in Balochistan, as they have invested three times bigger amount to sabotage China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as compared to the amount they spent in erstwhile East Pakistan. Fact of the matter remains that China and Pakistan's strategic initiative CPEC is a big blow to India. India felt isolated in the region after CPEC was launched as a part of greater One Belt, One Road (OBOR) to link three billion people of South Asia, Central Asia and China. It is estimated that CPEC will add 2.5% to 3% in the country’s annual growth.
The people of Balochistan, especially youth are all geared up to celebrate 23rd March in the most befitting manner as they celebrated the country’s Independence Day last year. A marked change is now evident in Balochistan – the mindset stands changed – this goes for all age groups, particularly the youth of Balochistan who are more than eager to serve their great motherland in the best possible manner. They now openly reject the anti -state leaders and vow to serve their country.
Double standards of our extremely shrewd neighbour stand exposed to the world. On the one hand they talk about peace process in the region, but on the other their National Security Advisor Ajit Doval who is also a former police officer has openly declared Cold Start Doctrine as a strategy against Pakistan. Despite the fact we need to enhance coordination level among provinces, we as a nation must strive hard to give a befitting response to the enemies of Pakistan by showing complete unity.
Pakistan Army with Government of Balochistan is thriving to improve literacy rate in Balochistan, for that purpose many schools of highest standards have been established by Pakistan Army in Balochistan. Over 17,000 Baloch students have been selected for education in various schools and colleges run by Pakistan Army and Frontier Corps.
Ms. Fazila Bugti, a resident of Dera Bugti who is a student of Pharmacy at the Balochistan University remarked that, "Pakistan Army is sincere with the people of Balochistan. "She informed that her own sister had learned technical skills from Balochistan Institute of Technical Education and was now earning a respectful livelihood for her family.
Moreover, Pakistan Army is also imparting education to over 7000 Baloch students in the schools and colleges of Federal Government administered by Pakistan Army and FC. No doubt the youth of Balochistan are second to none, they only require some guidance.
Government of Pakistan needs to form a comprehensive National Youth Policy and education must be included as the top priority. Our National Youth Policy must work on principles to make our youth grow and be resilient, to enable them to acquire skills and confidence so they can participate and contribute to the social and economic growth of the country.
In short, the people of Balochistan, especially youth are all geared up to celebrate 23rd March in the most befitting manner as they celebrated the country’s Independence Day last year. A marked change is now evident in Balochistan – the mindset stands changed – this goes for all age groups, particularly the youth of Balochistan who are more than eager to serve their great motherland in the best possible manner. They now openly reject the anti-state leaders and vow to serve their country.