Balochistan [Pakistan], Aug 11: Before committing suicide, a young Baloch fighter had daringly asked China to vacate Balochistan and stop looting their resources. Rehan Baloch, the elder son of Balochistan Liberation Army’s (BLA) senior commander Aslam Baloch recorded the statement in a video before blowing himself up in a bus.Also Read - T20 World Cup: India to Bowl or Bat First vs Pakistan? Ravi Shastri Gives A Clear Answer
Along with him, many others were injured and killed in the blast. Those who travelled in the bus include Chinese engineers and employees of Saindak project in Dalbandin city of Chaghi district on Saturday. While the attack claimed the lives of three Chinese engineers, several others were reportedly injured. The location in Balochistan from where the incident took place is still unknown. Also Read - T20 World Cup: Virat Kohli Reveals India's Strategy Ahead of Pakistan Game, Says Pretty Sorted
The video message recorded by Rehan Baloch stated, “We have told China multiple times to shun plundering Baloch resources and refrain from becoming part of any Pakistani designs. We have asked China time and again to take their engineers and workers out of Balochistan. However, China never paid heed to our justified demands.” Also Read - China's Inhalable Covid-19 Vaccine Likely to Boost Antibodies
Rehan allegedly accused that “with China’s help, Pakistan has intensified its offensive against Baloch nation and thousands have been killed and their villages destroyed in Pakistani military operations.”
The video showed Rehan holding an automatic weapon. As per the recording, the young Baloch fighter said, “China has also been providing arms, ammunition, funds and communication devices to Pakistan to use against Baloch national struggle. This is a serious crime both legally and morally with China’s help. Pakistan has intensified its offensive against Baloch nation and thousands have been killed and hundreds of villages have been destroyed. During Pakistani military operation thousands of Baloch have been forced to leave their ancestral land to become refugees in Iran, Afghanistan and Middle East.”
“Through this act, I want to make China and its people realize that whosoever will try to meddle in Baloch issue without Baloch nation’s consent, it will face the wrath of the Baloch nation,” he added.
“It cannot be possible at all for a foreign country to plunder the precious natural resources and wealth of Baloch nation without any resistance when our people are deprived of basic necessities, China should immediately withdraw its investment and forces from Balochistan or else they will continue to face Baloch youth”, said Rehan Baloch.
Balochistan is Pakistan’s resource-rich province where a large number of Chinese engineers and workers are engaged in development projects including multi-billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The Saindak project pertains to mining of gold and copper that Pakistan is doing in partnership with China. The indigenous Baloch, who have been fighting for their independence, are opposed to any foreign presence in the region.
(With ANI inputs)