The Baloch American Congress Saturday expressed grave concerns over the building of fences in the port city of Gwadar in Balochistan and called for immediately scrapping the neocolonialist project.
“The fencing around Gwadar is yet another brazen attack on the basic human and political rights of the people of Balochistan,” said Dr. Tara Chand, founder of the BAC and a former government minister of Balochistan.
“These neocolonialist fences add to the miseries and daily sufferings of the people of Balochistan,” he said, adding, “Even if Pakistan tries to build something as strong as the China Wall or the now dismantled Berlin Wall on the Baloch territory, the sons and daughters of Balochistan will tear them down.” Gwadar is a key port city in Balochistan.
Balochistan is the France-sized, highly strategic, and resource-rich territory in southwestern Pakistan which Baloch people say was illegally occupied by Pakistan in March 1948 six months after the British left India and Pakistan in August 1947.
Tens of thousands of Baloch people have been killed in armed revolts against Islamabad since then. The latest uprising against Islamabad began more than a decade back in 2006 and has left many thousands of Baloch dead or disappeared.