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The Poor Baloch Of Rich Balochistan

There is no denying the fact that Balochistan is Pakistan’s biggest and richest province in terms of land and abundance of natural resources. But unfortunately, the civilians of Balochistan are as poor as the people of Monrovia, Liberia. It portrays an ugly picture in which the people of Balochistan carry a gold wallet but it is out of money.

To be pertinent, Sui Gas is the most significant natural gas field of the country discovered in rich Balochistan, but sadly, its inhabitants are deprived of the gas facility and are forced to use wood for domestic use.

Reko Deq is a small town located in Chahghi Balochistan which is viewed as one of the largest gold and copper reserves in the world. But it’s heart-wrenching that my eyes have not yet seen pure gold while the foreigners are availing them with love and joy.

In addition, Khuzdar, Loralai and Dalbandan are the major cities from where marble has been found. But the people of these cities don’t even know the colour of marble, and they even don’t understand what marble is, which are truly shocking revelations.

Moreover, Shaheed Shahdad a student from Turbat Balochistan with a masters degree from Quaid-e- Azam University once asked Hamid Mir that if Reko diq, Saindak and Sui Gas could not change the fate of Balochistan, and it’s people then how can CPEC change the fate of Balochistan? I agree with his sweet words because we already have all these valuable minerals, and still we don’t have the money to buy food. In these conditions, what can the people of Balochistan expect from projects like the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

In a nutshell, I would like to state that “United we stand divided we fall”. Balochistan can never change until the civilians unite and ask for their rights. Only then can we get our genuine fundamental rights. Let’s be together and ask for our fundamental rights before it is too late.

The writer is a student in FC College Lahore.

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