Prominent Baloch nationalist leader Naela Quadri Baloch arrived in New Delhi to lobby support for intensifying Baloch freedom movement. On her arrival, she said things have been changing “rapidly” at the international level since Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the plight of the people of troubled Balochistan province in Pakistan in his last Independence Day address.
Her son Mazdak Dilshad Baloch is already camping in India. She was supposed to address an outreach programme organised by the RSS-backed India Policy Foundation earlier this month, but could not do so for failing to secure a visa on time. It may be recalled that according to media reports, veteran diplomats have compared the visa denial to Prof. Baloch to the Dolkun Isa case. In April, Germany-based Uighur dissident, Dolkun Isa was similarly denied visa before he could attend an event in Dharamsala. Isa later blamed China for India’s denial of visa.
“Things are changing rapidly at the international level. You have seen in the United Nations … other countries are coming forward to support the Balochistan issue,” Prof. Baloch, who lives in self-exile in Canada, told reporters after arriving at the IGI airport in New Delhi.
Mazdak, who is also a prominent Baloch activist, said Prof. Baloch would be in India for the next one week or so and address a number of seminars and meetings. Mazdak Dilshad Baloch will travel to Gujarat where a large Baloch community resides and will seek support of the Baloch community based in India for the nationalist movement in Balochistan
“She was not denied a visa. It just got delayed so she could not address the October 1 event. Now, both of us will be attending events in and outside Delhi for the next one week or so,” he said.
Another prominent exiled Baloch leader Brahamdagh Bugti last month approached the Indian Embassy in Geneva seeking asylum in India.