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Balochistan, a state province of Pakistan, is under the threat of becoming an easy catch for the country’s army

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November 1, 2016: Balochistan, a state province of Pakistan, is under the threat of becoming an easy catch for the country’s army. The province, witnessing repeated attacks against the security forces and the Shia Muslim minorities, faced numerous attacks right from 2014, has reported a constant increase this year.

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Quetta, as its capital, Balochistan is one of the largest provinces in the country, serving as the only major port at Gwadar, a Pakistani city bordering with Afghanistan. With its geographical position of being at a remote distance from the heart of the country, a boon to its current scenario, the state faces the hazard of becoming the safest hide for the terrorists. This has become a good excuse for the Pak army groups to reason their target of seizure over the state.

However, the abundance of natural resources yield a good revenue for the Federal Government, the city lacks a proper law and order and has a poor governance. The economy also reports terrible depths poverty compared to all other provinces in the country. Adding to the increasing insecurity of the state, reports prove the calamity of people agitated to rise over the government being suppressed. Grief adds to the still-continuing Tribal Council System, say locals residing the Panchayat.

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Sharing its border with Iran and Afghanistan, so that the rivals, after being expelled from the states of Afghanistan, find their way straight into the safe heaven in Pakistan- Balochistan! Sneaking, hiding, smuggling, and repeated attacks of the unruly groups have become a normal scenario.Hence, this turns to be an easy catch, with no security and full wealthy for Pakistan. Naturally, the province has become a stigma of attraction to mafia to set up their terror hub. Also with the forging political parties giving in to the rivals, make it much easier for their target to be an affordable one!

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Records from the attacked province state a poor security at the border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan. What much favors such attacks is a Low-Density population in the province and no direct central governance. This makes the state, a perfect hunt for the army groups. Although being the largest province, the inhabited status seems not larger than eight million. Hence, it becomes a major reason for Balochistan, becoming an easy target. Also, the riots to take Balochistan for themselves are being fought by the Baloch Liberation Army.

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This Liberation Army, who gathers forces of human power, the major indulgence of the Shias, is the largest active forum acting for the people against the Governmental reinforcements. They highly demand self-state governance, completely from Pakistan’s interference. Also, they demand their Province gain its status as it was once before the partition.

– by Shinega Kalai of NewsGram. Twitter: @acloudonthesky

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    We keep emphasizing on how the escape of rivals into Balochistan makes them more dangerous to global security as it becomes more difficult to find them but the crimes they commit and the innocent lives they ruin in Balochistan is also of great concern.

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American Friends of Balochistan welcomes Trump’s Tough stand on Pak

The American Friends of Balochistan (AFB) issued a statement Monday welcoming Donald Trump's stand on US-Pakistan relations, calling it a vindication of its own stand.

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Washington, D.C.– The American Friends of Balochistan (AFB) Executive Committee issued a statement Monday welcoming the President’s stand on US-Pakistan relations, calling it a vindication of its own stand.

The AFB said President Donald J. Trump has called out Pakistan’s constant bluffs with the US and pointed out a big chunk of American assistance was used against people of Balochistan in a secret, dirty war instead of the Taliban.

Khwaja Wali Kirani in Balochistan. Wikimedia Commons

“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!,” President Trump first tweet of 2018 reads.

The tweet was loved by nearly quarter-million Americans and retweeted 83,000 times in less than 24 hours.

The AFB executive committee said the US remains Pakistan’s top foreign aid donor, in addition to the money paid in expectation of cooperation in the Global War on Terror. Yet, for many years now, serving officers in the US Armed Forces have repeatedly spoken out about Pakistan’s perfidy in Afghanistan, which has cost the US lives, money and strategic credibility in the world’s eyes. Pakistan also remains a training ground for terrorism and a prime proliferator of nuclear weapons technology.

No country’s development and democracy have suffered more from Pakistan’s interference via state-sponsored terrorism than Afghanistan. US efforts to help the Afghans rebuild their nation are constantly sabotaged by reeling instability. India is another well-known target.

The AFB said Balochistan is a region rich in natural gas. It that has seen several bloody cycles of insurgency ever since Pakistan forcibly annexed the autonomous Baloch state of Kalat in 1948 in violation of a Standstill Agreement. A portion of historical Balochistan also sits on the other side of Pakistan’s border with Iran. Further, it borders Afghanistan to the north-west. Pakistan’s brutal record in this strategically located province that forms the northern lip of the key Straits of Hormuz has spiked in recent years.

“People of Balochistan tried their very best to work with Pakistan’s false promises of integration after forceful accession, but instead gave genocide to Balochs,” said the statement.

The AFB monitors the situation in Balochistan closely and is in touch with freedom and democracy activists on the ground. The AFB reiterated their call to the Pakistani government to cease violating the physical security of Baloch people, their freedom of expression, and end the policy of economic exploitation and genocidal violence.

A slow-motion genocide in Balochistan has claimed the lives of 35,000 Baloch people, 6,000 of whom were buried in mass graves while 21,000 are Victims of Enforced Disappearances, according to the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons. “The enforced disappearances situation in Balochistan is no different than what it used to be in Chile and Argentine in the 1970s and 1980s,” the AFB executive committee noted.

The AFB executive committee chimed in with similar sentiments expressed by policy experts in academe, veteran politicians, diplomats, intelligence chiefs, and human rights activists. Among them were former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, leading South Asia expert and former Pakistani ambassador Hussain Haqqani, several Baloch freedom and human rights activists cutting across party lines, former head of Afghanistan’s Directorate of Security Amrullah Saleh, and even normally fierce critics of President Trump’s administration such as Prof. Christine Fair, Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

The AFB executive committee consists of Jane Eastwood Weisner, Najeeb Khan, Krishna Gudipati, Soumya Chowdhury and Habiba Ashna. The organization was founded by veteran Baloch journalist Ahmar Mustikhan, who is the president.

Hope and doubt have been expressed on whether the US president’s tweet and words will translate into actionable legislation. Mustikhan published a survey of some of these thoughts in an article titled “Wave of joy sweeps across Afghanistan, Balochistan & India over Trump’s first tweet of 2018”.