One Year Since Gulzar Imam’s Arrest: Has The Baluchistan Insurgency Finally Met Its Match? – OpEd


Gulzar Imam Shambay, the leader of the Baluch National Army (BNA), has been arrested year ago. Indeed, the arrest was a major blow to the sub-ethnic national fractions in Baluchistan, which are allegedly involved in anti-state activities. Such action of arresting Imam also holds the commitment of the Pakistani government to fight against terrorism and insurgency to its core and bring back peace for the further development of Baluchistan. The province of south Pakistan has been a theater of terrorism since the early part of the twentieth century and has hampered the otherwise promising progress of the region.

If analyzed in specific detail, it can be seen that the insurgency has had very damaging impacts on the people of Baluchistan, and they have also even sacrificed a lot. Thus, BNA leaders, using guile and promising nationalism, gained the attention of residents, and they dismissed the real issues and concerns that people could continue to have. In any case, peaceful protests that do not involve appealing for violence can solve the problem since the dialogue and tolerance of the subject help to look for the solution to the problem comprehensively. While BLA and BNA leaders enjoy lavish lives in foreign countries, the ordinary soldiers who fight for the group suffer. Indeed, the sufferings they undergo are meant to benefit only the leaders.

This is because internal security ensures that a country is secure and has no external interference to protect its sovereignty and provide for the safety of its people. Se partasmists challenge the government and the credibility of its area. They usually seek independence or at least more self-governance. These groups can also plan in secret, clearly intending to work against the state and question its authority and probity. The following is the breakdown of why states struggle to combat separatist groups. They are unable to compromise on their safety. Separatist groups only have three options: If they find a way to work it out, they can then bargain and come to a consensus, thus reaching an agreement, they can always avoid participation and miss out on the community or withdraw and revert to becoming reabsorbed into society. The BNA and the BLA demand more autonomy or total secession. Their orgy of violence has exacerbated tensions between the two sides, thus making it very difficult for Pakistan to ensure citizens’ safety.

BNA and BLA have been involved in a fresh wave of terrorism where the security forces, construction projects, and civilians in Baluchistan province, including Gwadar city, have increasingly been targeted. They intend to incite people and create chaos to overthrow the government, which poses threats to the security of lives and property, business people, and the justice system. One of the recent militant attacks that emerged from their intended plan is the recent one on a navy base in Turbat.

Despite these alleged actions, Pakistan has consistently demonstrated a willingness to engage with such factions for the greater good. This is because a peaceful Baluchistan is the guarantor of a prosperous Baluchistan. The people of Baluchistan have to suppress evil elements such as BNA and BNA and assert their legitimate rights. Such separatist fractions have only one option: surrender to the state and join the national sphere. There is no benefit to such a violent strategy, but there is a loss of life in Baluchistan.

Pakistan is committed to ensuring the safety and progress of Baluchistan. One year has passed since the arrest of Gulzar Imam Shambay, the founder and leader of the illegal Baluch National Army (BNA). The operation that led to Imam’s arrest was a significant win for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in the ongoing fight against terrorism. It brought down a key figure in the Baluch rebellion. Ongoing efforts are in place to dismantle rebel networks and bolster Baluchistan’s economy. Imam’s dismissal dealt a significant setback to the BNA and other terrorist groups aiming to sow chaos in Baluchistan. 

This made it harder for them to do their jobs. Imam’s information was beneficial in later actions against nationalist groups, which led to the successful defeat of rebels in Baluchistan’s Makran area. Over the last year, Pakistan’s dedication to peace and progress has grown stronger. The government and military are working nonstop to fix the main problems that lead to unrest by putting money into infrastructure, education, and healthcare.

Abdul Mussawer Safi

Abdul Mussawer Safi is a student of international relations at the National Defense University Islamabad. He has a profound interest in World politics especially,in the regional dynamics of South Asia. His academic strength is critical and SWOT Analysis. He tweets at @MussawerSafi and can be reached at [email protected]

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