Hafeez Hassanabadi: The Impacts of Gwadar Project on International Relations

The Strategic Center for International Relations has invited Hafeez Hassanabadi for a Lecture, “The Impacts of Gwadar Project on International Relations.” Hafeez Hassanabadi is a Writer who first began his career as a Fictionist and TV drama writer. A collection of his work, “Wounded Dawn,” was published by Balochi Academy (Quetta, Balochistan) in 2005. Several of his popular Balochi dramas were aired by Quetta TV Centre. However, as a graduate of Leningrad University USSR, he has proven his talents in the field of journalism. As a native Baloch journalist, he has for decades associated with the Baloch national struggle and has in-depth knowledge of the Baloch freedom movement.

Since 1987, he has consistently contributed to various magazines and newspapers. However, in 2008, he began a new era of revolutionary political writing by joining the “Daily Tawar”, the leading newspaper in Balochistan, as a senior columnist. Because the “Daily Tawar” is written from a Baloch perspective, their staffs and offices have been targeted twice for violence. On April 6th, 2013, the Pakistani secret agencies attacked in the middle of the night and burned the “Daily Tawar” office to ashes in Karachi. Sadly, the “Daily Tawar” lost six of their brightest native Baloch correspondents over the last three years to the Pakistani Islamic death squad, Nefaz-e-Amen Balochistan. The same state -sponsored organization has threatened to kill Hafeez, and he has been underground ever since. However, he is one of the few Baloch journalists who continue to write about the Baloch people and Balochistan.

His writings encompass a broad spectrum of regional issues, including Pakistan’s interest and designs in the continuation of the Afghan war that directly contradicts the interests of America, Russia, India and the European Union in the region. Now, he is a Research Fellow at the Strategic Center for International Relations and a member of Editorial Board of its quarterly publication.

In the beginning of the lecture, the general director of the Strategic Center for International Relations, throw light on the importance of lecture and he has given detail information about SCIR. Then later Mr. Roohullah Ahmadzai, the head of Kabul University Humanist Association has presented the biography of Hafeez Hassanabadi.

Mr. Hafeez Hassanabadi started his lecture with thanking remarks and he said that the establishment of the SCIR is a pioneer step towards discussing the international issues, and he hoped that the center will enhance in national and international discourses. After ending thanking remarks, he blamed the American channels that they are giving space to anti-human and anti-development strategies, as the Gwadar project is the apparent symbol of their mistakes.  He said, “The United Sates should take the measure to not repeat mistakes after Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan interventions, and we consider it important that the international community should take a serious notice of human rights violation in Balochistan. They should help in the investigation of the missing persons and response to the democratic protest against Pakistan and its establishment.”

Mr. Hafeez also pointed out that the CPEC project between Pakistan and China is something that first handed over to Singapore, but later it was canceled by the judicial system of Balochistan, and they have declared this is something illegal and injustice against the people of Balochistan, now Punjab (Pakistan) has again involved the Chinese multinational companies, technicians, and engineers to exploit the strategic importance of Balochistan and unfortunately, these all are happening without the will of Balochistan’s people.

Of course, it is important for China and Punjab and for their strategic and security motives, on the one hand, ten days of transaction distance of China will come to 48 hours and the transaction distance of China will decrease from 10000 km to 2800 km.

At the same time, this project is high risk for the United States security and strategic position in the Middle East. We can also say that after Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, the American masterminds and thinkers as well as policy makers, again failed in understanding the strategic importance of the region.

He said about the nations are living in Pakistan, specifically about Pashtuns in Pakistan, “we don’t have enmity with Pashtuns and we know that they are our brothers, and we also know that Balochs understand that we are the slaves of Pakistan and that’s why they are struggling against Pakistan, but unfortunately, Pashtuns don’t understand and their leaders are supporting the Pakistani establishment through fighting and weakening the Freedom Struggle of Balochistan.”

Furthermore, he said, “Now this is the time to struggle against the artificial state as known as Pakistan and our collective struggle is important for perishing the religious, ethnic, and terrorist versions of the Islamic State of Pakistan.” He said after a slight break, “We know about the killing of Pashtuns in the name of religion, Al-Qaida, traitors, Taliban and National Army of Afghanistan, but why the Pashtuns are silent when they are more victims of Pakistan than anyone else, all those Punjabi army settles in FATA, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan are against us and they are trying to pursue their interest through killing us and pushing us towards religious fundamentalism and non-issues.”

He added, “All those policies about establishing Gwadar port between China and Pakistan are not acceptable to Baloch people and we will struggle against until victory, because we understand, we will not benefit even 2 percent then why there should be expectations for the project if there is a need to negotiate the project then the Baloch people and the leaders of Balochistan can decide about the fate of Balochistan under the umbrella of Free Balochistan. Because we understand that Pakistan has betrayed the Baloch nation many times and they are in Balochistan for killing and kidnapping the common people, how should we accept or respect the constitution of Pakistan when there is no right of freedom of speech, democratic protest, and human rights.”

He said, “The mega project Iran-Pakistan-India Gas Pipeline has already been cancelled because they know that Pakistan will not quit the habit of nurturing terrorists.”

“The Baloch leaders are in the interest of launching developmental projects in the region but not at the cost of discrimination, subjugation, inequality, and repression” and he further said, “We are looking for a peaceful solution to the problems of Baloch people but when the enemy comes with religious hardliner mindset, aggressive strikes and violence then Baloch people consider it subjugation and we will keep continue our struggle against Pakistan and at least, we are not thinking about any reconciliation with Pakistan.”

The lecturer has promised further contribution on the topic in the next lecture.

The Afghan Tribune | SCIR | Published: December 13, 2015, 11:24 AM


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