India has typically followed the path of moral righteousness in its foreign relations, especially in the murky dealings with neighboring Pakistan, and minimally involved itself in the interior matters of the country.
However, with the rising unrest in Balochistan, India may just as well change its stance; from using the impact of supporting Balochistan as a strategic pawn, to using it as a brahmastra. Taking the matter of Balochistan and PoK to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), India has officially taken an active step against Pakistan.
According to a report in The Hindu regarding US’s response to India’s reference to violations of human rights in Balochistan, US State Department spokesperson John Kirby said “US government respects the unity and territorial integrity of Pakistan and we do not support independence for Balochistan”.
The US stance of non-interference in internal matters of Pakistan is primarily due to two reasons: to hopefully de-escalate the tension between the two neighboring nuclear powers (India and Pakistan) and to avoid another ‘middle-east like’ situation where global jihadi organizations might take advantage of the internal unrest of Pakistan. A report in The Telegraph further elaborated the possible effects of further tensions in Indo-Pak relations, which may increase the risk of incidents such as the Mumbai terror attacks.
Although there are admittedly risks of taking forward the Balochistan issue independently, India is showing itself upto the task. According to experts, not taking forward the Baloch issue gives Pakistan an open field to take the Kashmir situation internationally, and allows China to continue rapidly boosting its commercial ties with Pakistan.
The extensive violence and unrest due to the Balochistan situation also presents a moral obligation to India to intervene for human rights causes as the largest democracy of the country. As per NDTV reports, the issue could be brought up during the UN General Assemby in New York later this month.
MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup was quoted as saying “ Till repression exists in Balochistan, till fundamental rights of citizens there are violated, India will raise this issue.”