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Connected History

Jinnah's Ideals

“The history of political reforms for Balochistan is connected with the history of the struggle of the Muslims for freedom.”

- Mr. Jinnah / Quaid-e-Azam

- Speech:  New Era of Progress for Balochistan

- Context: Speech at Sibi Durbar 


Deeper reflections

Three thousand years ago, a group of Indo-Iranic tribes (called Balaschik at that time) settled in the northwestern Caspian region of Balashagan. Circumstances forced them to disperse and migrate towards south and eastern parts of Iranian plateau. In medieval times, they finally settled in present Balochistan where they became known as the Baloch.


During their long journey from Balashagan to Balochistan, the Baloch faced persecutions, deportations, and genocidal acts of various Persian, Arab and other regional powers. During the 17th century, after dominating Balochistan culturally and politically, the Baloch carved out a nation state (the Khanate of Kalat). In 1839, the British occupied Balochistan and subsequently it was divided into various parts.

“The relations of the old Government of India with Balochistan before the Partition are well known to you. It is not for me to remind you how that Government which was a subordinate branch of the foreign administration, had kept Balochistan divided in several parts, each with a different name and status, yet all bound together in shackles of backwardness.”

- Mr. Jinnah / Quaid-e-Azam

During the freedom struggle, Balochistan enjoyed its advocacy from India’s best lawyer, Mr. Jinnah. He advocated for providing equal autonomy to all provinces, that reforms should be introduced in the NWFP and Balochistan on the same footings as in the other provinces and no change will be made in the constitution without the consent of the province. Read more on Mr. Jinnah’s 14 points


Progress of Balochistan is connected with the progress of Pakistan. Harnessing the many talents of Baloch people, maximizing their involvement in federal progress and creating wealth for the Baloch people is the straight path to achieve win-win outcomes, erode mistrust, create a sense of belonging, unify Pakistan and utilize the immense potential of the province of Balochistan for Pakistan’s progress. 


Everything can be achieved by force of character and sheer determination. With an undaunted spirit we will build up Balochistan, this is a promise that Pakistan made some decades ago to the Baloch people and we will certainly fulfill these promises, this is morally and historically binding upon us. 

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