Agreed Kashmir, Baluchistan two different stories
The mistake Indians are making is getting entangled by Islamabad to adopt a policy of quid pro quid regarding Baluchistan and Kashmir. Kashmir is an integral part of India, home to the peaceful pandits including India's founding father Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
Much like what they are doing today in Afghanistan, Pakistani generals organized Pashtun lashkar, or tibal army, of the Sadozai, Mehsud and Afirdis clan to inflict worst harm on the peaceful Kashmiris. They went into a looting spree immediately after the Kashmir prince decided on accession to India.
In contrast, Baluchistan was never a part of Pakistan, which in itself is not a very legitimate organization. The majority of the Baluch, like the majority of Indians, sincerely believe Pakistan is a bastard child of the British Raj.
Baluch are demanding of all secular democracies, including India, to openly come out in support of an independent Baluchistan as they say it would be a fatal blunder to link this support in any way to Pakistan's backing of terrorism in India.
Still there is no harm in discussing issues that are of vital interest to all peoples of the South Asian subcontinent, including the future of a secular independent Baluchistan.
At a historic "Road Map to Peace" three-day conference in New Delhi sponsored by former Indian prime minister I.K. Gujral, a famous Pakistani Punjai lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan who otherwise has a an excellent track record of defending democracy and supremacy of judiciary in Pakistan, objected to the inclusion of Baluchistan in the conference deliberations.
Another champion of human rights, Asma Jehangir, founder of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, politely refused to speak on the topic though as a human rights practitioner she knows quite well gross violations of human rights is taking place in Texas-sized Baluchistan.
However a young Baluch journalist Malik Siraj Akbar stuck to his guns and said the issues confronting his homeland must be discussed. Through a vote, the Indians accepted his stance.
"Aitzaz Ahsan shamelessly objected on Balochistan to be discussed in the seminar and demanded it exclusion. Asma Jhangir refused to speak. I protested and said if I was not allowed to speak on Balochistan, I will sit down and not speak a word. The house voted for me! I spoke on Balochistan," Akbar triumphantly facebooked today. Facebooked is the new verb that refers to public positings on the global social networking giant, Facebook.
Kashmiri pandits who have been the worst vicitms of radical violence in their territory staged a protest at a historic peace conference in New Delhi.
The conference was sponsored by former Indian prime minister I. K Gujral.
Senator Hasil Bizenjo, a son of the late Baluch leader Mir Ghous Bakhsh Bizenjo, was also invited to the New Delhi.and backed Ahsan's stance.