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Balochistan

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The province of Balochistan is Pakistan's largest - comprising over 1/3 of its land mass yet contains only 5% of its people. The region is rich in undeveloped minerals and is home to valuable seaports. Unfortunately, there is a history of strife in the region related to efforts by the Balochs for autonomy and independence.

Ethinic Composition. Most of the residents are Balochs but there is also a Pashtun contingent - about 40% of the population. There is also a large Hazara community. In addition, there is a smaller group called the Brahui - a people orginating from Southern India. Many Balochs are also found in Iran and Afghanistan.

Conflict in Balochistan. There has been a long-running insurgency in Balochistan ever since the country of Pakistan was formed. The Balochs see themselves as a disenfrancised minority and seek either autonomy or independence.


Websites about Balochistan

Blog Posts about Balochistan - Afghan War News
http://afghanwarnews.blogspot.com/search/label/Balochistan

Balochistan, Pakistan by WikipediA
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balochistan,_Pakistan

Balochistan Conflict by WikipediA
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balochistan_conflict

Pakistan Govt Website on Balochistan
http://www.balochistan.gov.pk/

Balochistan Police
www.balochistanpolice.gov.pk

Balochistan Travel Guide - Wikitravel
http://wikitravel.org/en/Balochistan


Papers, Reports, and Pubs about Balochistan

May 25, 2016. "Baluchistan province is a primary hub for Afghan Taliban", by Bill Roggio of Foundation for Defense of Democracy.

February 12, 2016. "A Brief History of Balochistan", by Akhilesh Pillalamarri, The Diplomat. The author discusses how the Baloch nation came to be.

February 11, 2016. "Pakistan's Balochs Fear Minority Status in Their Own Province", The Diplomat. Influx of Afghan Pashtuns who have obtained Pakistan citizenship is putting the Balochs into the minority in their province.

November 16, 2015. The Crowded-Out Conflict: Pakistan's Balochistan in its fifth round of insurgency, by Ann Wilkens, Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN).

October 18, 2015. "Balochistan, the Bloodiest War You've Never Heard Of", by Laura Secorun Palet, Oxy.com.

 


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