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His Highness Khan of Kalat Suleiman Dawood, message to conference, Feb 22, 2010


My fellow Baluch brothers and sisters, I regret I could not be here today with you in person. I would like to congratulate Munir and his team for organising this event.

My dear Baluch, we are at the crossroads of history where we can either become an independent country or be amongst nations which have perished and are long forgotten. My message to you is the message of UNITY. Let us unite as Baluch on the common policy of freedom for the Baluch. Let us send a message to the world that we are one Nation. Let us draw a road map to freedom. I invite all organisations, intellectuals and Sardars to join for the common cause of the Baluch nation and get over the squabbles among ourselvs and move in the interest of Baluch and Balulchistan. All the Baluch have a stake in Baluchistan. It does not belong to one group or tribe. It belongs to all the Baluch. The Council has full mandate to choose its own leadership. The task of the Council is to rise against the atrocities imposed on us by our oppressors, time has come for us to overcome ego and self interest and unite as a Nation.

As a single, united and strong Nation, no one can impose their will upon us. We face a ruthless enemy; indeed our own history and the history of Bangladesh is testimony to the ruthless nature of our oppressor. The army can defeat armies and organisations but it can never defeat a Nation.

International companies are making a lot of investments in Baluch resources. We the Baluch think it a theft and we have all the right as the sons of the soil to oppose this kind of theft and we will defend our resources at all costs. The internaional commmunity is informed that we the Baluch are NOT obliged to honour any deal made with the oppressors, as we the Baluch are the owner of these resources.

We are not against investment; on the contrary, we welcome international investment in a free environment in which the Baluch nation and the Baluch benefit. We realise that we have to live in a global community. We hope to do so as an independent sovereign people and nation. We all attending will make it possible today, inshallah, and this is going to be the beginning of a new dawn for the Baluch nation.