Pakistan uses Lashkar, Jaish and Taliban to fight Baloch revolutionaries: Gulzar Imam

Gulzar Imam Baloch started his political career with BSO (Baloch Students Organization) Aman in 2002. He left BSO in 2008, joined the Republican Army of Baloch (BRA) and became involved in armed politics for independence. of Balochistan since 2009. In 2018, when the Baloch Republican Army was split into two factions, he took the reins of the faction which openly espouses the cause of an independent Balochistan. In this interview with Vivek Sinha, editor of News Intervention, Gulzar Imam explains that Pakistan is now using proxy religious groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-ul-Adl and the Taliban against the Baloch freedom fighters.

Vivek Sinha: What are the reasons which led to the split of the Baloch Republican Army into two factions?
Gulzar Imam: Our fundamental differences began with the leaders’ attempt to negotiate unnecessarily with Pakistan. When organizational and national decisions are made by courtiers, it becomes difficult to manage the organization and the nation.

Vivek Sinha: Wouldn’t that encourage a series of divisions? Tomorrow, can someone from your faction justify their differences and start working on behalf of a group, putting forward a chain reaction of divisions in the Baloch Republican Army?
Gulzar Imam: If anyone denies the importance and usefulness of the Supreme Council and the Central Committee in political and resistance organizations, then from there it becomes the duty of every revolutionary to protest and revolt with his legitimate demands. . We need to get away from those friends who make baseless allegations. A revolutionary should only walk on this path which is useful for our revolutionary war. In my opinion, no revolutionary should be alarmed by such a division. If we do not meet the national standards of this war, then our friends will have the right to disagree with us.

Gulzar Imam, head of the Baloch Republican Army (BRA). (Photo: Press intervention)

Vivek Sinha: Are you happy with your fight?
Gulzar Imam: I am quite satisfied with the Baloch national struggle. I always wonder if I could accomplish what I had to do or a duty to do for the freedom of my homeland. I will try to accomplish it as long as I live.
If I take a quick look at this course and see the hard work of my colleagues who are fighting day and night, I will be very satisfied.

Vivek Sinha: On June 29, Baluch freedom fighters carried out an attack on the Karachi Stock Exchange. Certain elements of the Baloch movement oppose it. What is your opinion on the subject?
Gulzar Imam: It is a fact that the martyrdom attacks of self-denial have harmed the Pakistani occupation and that this is a new form of Baloch war of resistance that has emerged before the world. I have no comments for those who oppose the attack on the Karachi Stock Exchange. These are the ones who have practically given up on the war of resistance.

Vivek Sinha: Balochistan is considered a paradise for guerrilla fighters due to its geography. Yet what is the reason why young Baloch are killed daily by the Pakistani army? Is it because of faulty strategy or negligence? What is the main reason?
Gulzar Imam: The force Pakistan is using to crush the Baloch guerrillas has failed miserably. And the Pakistani state is now using its military power to the maximum. In order to crush the Baloch armed resistance, Pakistan has also deployed its proxy religious groups to the Baluchistan battlefield with all its forces, including the Afghan Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-ul-Adl. These proxy religious groups take directions and help from Pakistan to fight Balochistan. It is undeniable that we are suffering losses, but our losses are less compared to the Pakistani preparations. However, given the enemy’s tactics, we must be more vigilant.

Vivek Sinha: Pakistan keeps saying that India is helping the Baloch, is that true?
Gulzar Imam: Pakistan has long tried to prove that the war of national resistance in Balochistan is a proxy war, but it has failed because the reality of Pakistan’s illegal occupation of Balochistan has become clear to the whole world. If India had helped the Baloch, the form of the Baloch war would have been different, but in reality the Baloch are continuing their national armed resistance without their help.

When Pakistan can get help from China to end the Baloch resistance, we will not be ashamed to ask for help all over the world, including India. But I think the Indian government needs to be more proactive in responding to Pakistan’s astute strategies in Balochistan by providing financial and diplomatic support to Balochistan. A prosperous Baloch state is important not only for India, but also for the peace and security of the region. We hope that the Indian government and its think tanks will give this issue serious thought. The existence of present-day Pakistan can be disastrous not only for this region but for the whole world.

Vivek Sinha: What kind of hope can the Baloch nation have from ARM?
Gulzar Imam: From its inception to the present day, Baloch Raji Ajoi Sangar (BRAS) has created an atmosphere of hope in the Baloch nation with its war strategies and actions. ARM is proving to be an important platform for uniting the scattered resistance forces of Balochistan. The Baloch nation must have expectations of a single Baloch army of ARM, which is an important mission of the Baloch leadership.

Vivek Sinha: Where do you see the Baloch National Movement in the next ten years?
Gulzar Imam: The armed resistance and the political struggle against the Pakistani occupation of the Baloch homeland are strengthening day by day. Despite all the state repression, the young generation joined the armed resistance for the liberation of the Baloch homeland. The participation of Baloch youth in their war of liberation is linked to their conscience. Today the nation, especially the youth, realizes that it is a slave nation and it becomes impossible to stop it as the resistance advances under the guidance of books and knowledge. Conscious struggle is the determination of the success and fate of the Baloch nation. I can’t say anything about ten years, but we are mentally ready with our strategies for the long term struggle against the slavery of the Baloch nation.

Thelma J. Longworth