There has been a lot of skepticism about whether there are actually individuals within the United States armed forces, as well as the academic world who are calling for an invasion of Baluchistan. Though, I myself cannot see that happening anytime soon, Selig S. Harrison, writing for the National Interest has other plans in mind. He strongly believes that the United States should assist anti-Islamist Sufi movements in Sindh, who with their network of 124,000 shrines surely are a formidable force against the TTP and other terrorist groups. Let’s move past the point that Harrison has forgotten that Sufi’s are part of mainstream Islam and that even amongst them their are those extremest that do not really like America; let us move onto the second and absolutely shocking advise he wishes to give…
Most important, it should aid the 6 million Baluch insurgents fighting for independence from Pakistan in the face of growing ISI repression. Pakistan has given China a base at Gwadar in the heart of Baluch territory. So an independent Baluchistan would serve U.S. strategic interests in addition to the immediate goal of countering Islamist forces.
What a hero. Six million insurgents fighting against Pakistan. I really want to stress on the number he has given, because that is not only false, but is blatantly misleading. Baluchistan is home to seven million residents, where in the world did he find six million Baluch insurgents? Certainly not in Baluchistan. Yes, there is no doubt that the Baluch are increasingly becoming frustrated with the federal government, and yes there are insurgents, and Gwadar was funded by the Chinese and is becoming strategic threat to America, but if there truly were six million insurgents Pakistan would not have stationed most of its soldiers in the north. And we would certainly be seeing the effects of it in Pakistan. I bet on that.
The United States cannot afford a fragmented Pakistan at the moment, they are stuck in Afghanistan and are in need of Pakistan’s assistance, both with through the Khyber pass and through the fight against said terrorists. For Harrison to call the government to assist in the creation of a new state at such a time is not only impossible, but is ignorance on the current situation and history of the area.