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
Balochistan, Pakistan by WikipediA
Balochistan Conflict by WikipediA
Pakistan Govt Website on Balochistan
Balochistan Travel Guide - Wikitravel
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.