I can still remember the amazing and awe-inspiring landscape on my way to Gawadar along the Makran Coastal Highway. From the great sea-shore of Gadani (one of the oldest and biggest shipwreck sites in South Asia) to the great picturesque view of the Hangol River meeting the Indian Ocean. The River known for its Emerald green waters, beneath which lie the most feared crocodiles. The Golden Sand beaches (near Ormara) better than those in Miami and the amazing eclipse of Sand hills dividing the ocean from the desert. The Amazing full moon night in the deserts of Pasni to the Hill top view from PC hotel showing the Hammer head(the port Gawadar Port looks like a hammer head from aerial view), the natural wonder of a deep sea port. Not to forget the hospitality of the friends in Quetta (The tongue melting “Kaawa” a traditional tea), the glorious market filled with the jewels from the past, dry fruits, carpets and antiques. These images are still fresh in my mind area like a castle full of mirrors every time when I look at the pictures I get mesmerized by them.
Unfortunately, this castle just got shattered few days back; the a bill was presented in the US house of representatives in favor of Independence of Balochistan. It was a bitter pill to swallow to most Pakistanis. A layman may think that this resolution has no executive jurisdiction but for the wise this sends a very clear message of the intentions of the super power. If you are still thinking that the US is interested in the golden sand beaches, or wants to made a national park in the Hangol River or a New Year Fireworks show on the roof top of PC Gawadar its better to pinch yourself and wake up.
US have its eyes set on the most important piece in its game of chess, the king as I call it. It was the most important part component for winning the war on terror (terror of going bankrupt). Why Balochistan is the one of the most strategic pieces of land in the world? See below.
Gawadar is a Port city at coast with Iran (US biggest enemy) but also importantly it lies at the end point of Gulf or Oman. This is the only sea supply route Iran has to for its Oil and this is one piece of water the US has to control. Iran has recently tried to break the Petrodollar and make its own supply channel and suggesting alternatives to the dollar. This has hurt US the most; if the Petrodollar is broken the US will enter into one of its biggest financial meltdown. The dollars demand will break and it will be no the Saudi wealth which is stuck up in the US bills will vanish exposing the biggest financial black hole. The US will do everything to stop Iran, and thus sitting putting military presence right next to Iran and closing its waters is the master plan. Balochistan happens to fit the bill and an already volatile region with movements of self-determination on their high, time is right for the master of exploitation to enter the frame.
Iran does not only sell Oil, it also has Natural Gas in abundance, a recent agreement between Iran and Pakistan has hurt US. Iran tends to earn from the deal and Pakistan gets to fuel its increasing demand for gas. Iran also plans to supply the gas via Pakistan to India, which is not well digested by the US. A US influenced Balochistan will break the supply route to both these deals.
Gawadar happens to be a key port and is of great importance to US biggest competitor, China. The port city is located at a place where China has a lot of troubling accessing in the past. It is a natural deep sea port which increases its importance. China has its ports located on the eastern borders, Far East Asia. The sailing time to the Middle East is between 15-20 days. This is critical in the long term. Gawadar can reduce it to only 2 days if the Karakorum Highway is completed to Gawadar. The cheap transportation cost and the reduced sailing time can give China a huge boost. The US knows exactly what it needs to do. Balochistan is the key to the whole project.
The Taliban are getting out of hand for the US. Pakistan’s military are also playing hard with the US so that the Jihadists which are supposed to be the military’s biggest asset are saved. Baloch are known fighters and US could fund the Baloch tribes to fight the Taliban, if the Taliban intruded into Balochistan. The Pakistan’s military agency ISI has knows this and thus has promoted the activity of different Jihad Organizations like Lashkar e Jhangvi and Sipah Sahaba to get a control of the area. These organizations have targeted Shia and Ahmadi Muslims everywhere they go. The recent surge in attacks on these sects is a clear indication. The presence of Guerrilla war specialists Jihadists will make it difficult for the US to control Balochistan.
Baluchistan is also home to vast fields of Natural Gas and many surveys have reports vast deposits of Crude Oil. Many experts also believe that the deepest pit to the Middle East Oilfields is near the Makran coast and if exploration work is done it could result unimaginable reserves of oil.
US know what a great piece of land it has on its hands. Smiling in the lavish corridors of Pentagon, many US high ups are relishing the opportunity to dip their hands in and control a piece of land so dear and so sacred to the US. It’s so easy to break a branch when it’s already hollow from inside. Pakistan’s control of Balochistan has always been hollow from the inside and now the cracks have appeared on the forefront also. The game of chess US is playing is coming to its final conclusion. The King is losing its guard, the castle is exposed. Balochistan is ready to be check mated, people who play chess know; a check mate can never be reversed and it is fatal.
Can the Pakistani people and their leaders pull a rabbit from the hate to avoid the check? Or is it check mate already?