Friday November 22, 2019
Home India Understanding...

Understanding Balochistan and its unending conflict with Pakistan for Six Decades

While the Balochi nationalists accuse Pakistan of deliberately keeping the resource- rich province underdeveloped, Pakistan claims the development is slow due to the insurgency

People of Balochistan. Flickr

October 4, 2016: In the rugged mountains of South-West Pakistan lies its largest province of Balochistan, far away from the bustling cities of Lahore and Karachi. It is one of the least developed provinces, which is home to 13 million people, mostly Balochis. Baloch people said to have traced their roots from ancient tribes around the city of Aleppo in Syria. They believe these tribes migrated in this region in Pre-Christian times. Over the centuries, they say the rugged landscape sheltered them from numerous invading armies.

NewsGram brings to you current foreign news from all over the world

The Baloch uprising against the Pakistan government has received little attention worldwide. Most eyes have been turned toward the fight against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in other areas of Pakistan but the Baloch people have never accepted being a part of this country. The roots of the conflict go back to the country’s independence.

In 1947, when Pakistan was born, the rulers of the Khanate of Kalat, a princely state under the British which is part of Balochistan today, refused to join the new nation. In March 1948, Pakistan sent troops to annex the territory. The then ruler of Kalat signed a treaty of accession, later on, but his brothers and many others continued to fight and the first conflict between Pakistanis and Balochis started. So far, five waves of insurgencies have taken place. After 1948, the rebellion was put down. It again erupted in 1958, in 1962-63 and 1973-77 violent campaigns by the Baloch nationalists took place to get independence from Pakistan. Two decades after that is considered the calmest period in the history of Balochistan.

NewsGram brings to you top news around the world today

Tensions began in 1999 after General Pervez Musharraf seized power. The building of new cantonments in the Balochistan by the military was seen by the nationalists as a way to tighten control over Balochistan and its natural resources and mineral riches. The fifth wave of insurgency broke out in this context.

Innocent Balochistan civilians suffering hard. Source: Pixabay
Innocent Balochistan civilians suffering hard. Source: Pixabay

The Baloch fighters fight in separate independent groups with elusive leaders. In this province, there are several separatists. The strongest among them is known as the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA).

While the Balochi nationalists accuse Pakistan of deliberately keeping the resource-rich province underdeveloped, Pakistan claims the development is slow due to the insurgency. Apart from this, the major allegation which Pakistan is facing currently is that of human rights violation, both by the army as well as militants. To calm the unrest situation, Pakistan government uses the army and even air force was used against the civilians.

Check out NewsGram for latest international news updates

The province is of great importance to Pakistan’s economic and geopolitical strategies. China, proposed an investment of $46 billion to link the deep water port of Gwadar with the city of Kashgar. The Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline is also planned to go through Balochistan.

To implement these projects successfully, Pakistan should buy peace with the people of Baloch and deal the issue on its own, instead of internationalising the conflict.

– by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram. Twitter: @PinazKazi

  • Anubhuti Gupta

    The way Pakistan is using violence to succumb the voices of Balochistan and their cry for freedom is truly despicable.

  • Aakash Mandyal

    Revolutionary movement has already started, now whole world is acquinted with issue of balochistan, hope that this blood shed of baloch people will end soon. Pakistan is a trouble for whole the world.

Next Story

Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

cryptocurrency. google
Google comes up with a new feature

Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?