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Balochistan: In the Crosshairs of History

Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru accepted the diktat of geography and acquiesced in the annexation of Balochistan in March 1948. However, Pakistan’s growing allegiance to a ‘China bloc’ and a potential ‘caliphate’ headed by Turkey, has taken it away from the US-led Euro-Atlantic world order. A realignment of the geopolitical order is underway in the region.  Pakistan has given China the warm water Gwadar Port on a 40-year lease as part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. This overturns British policy of restraining Russian (non-Western) influence in the Persian Gulf–Middle East. China now seeks to expand its footprint on land and sea routes to Europe, the Middle East, up to Africa and even South America.  Balochistan is strategically located at the crossroads of Afghanistan, Iran and the Gulf, at the mouth of the Strait of Hormuz, through which the bulk of Asia’s supply of oil passes. To control the Gulf region and secure their military bases in northwestern India, London tr