Baloch issues in Pakistan must be addressed, says a report

Balochistan in Pakistan is a treasure trove of natural riches, but it also falls into the poor category, thus the government needs to investigate why it isn’t possible to improve the socioeconomic situation in this resource-rich area.

Balochistan is dealing with a security concern in addition to an economic catastrophe. The recent incident in Chaman, which also resulted in the deaths of five Levies security personnel, was claimed by Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). According to the website New Pakistan, Baloch rebels had also attacked Kohlu, Zhob, and Turbat.

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The TTP’s expanding presence in Balochistan has reportedly caused the residents of the province to become more alarmed, especially since the Taliban retook control of Afghanistan last year, according to the New Pakistan website.

Balochistan is a naturally wealthy province, yet its citizens suffer as a result of the indifference of the provincial and federal governments.

It is time for the Pakistani state to genuinely reconsider its security calculations given that the Afghani Taliban refused to assist and the TTP is currently on the rampage in two provinces of the nation as well as in the federal capital.

In his article Balochistan is on the boil again and precious lives proceed to be lost in the region, with little or no acknowledgement that the so-called iron-hand policy is been pursued there since the killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti in 2006 has produced nothing but spiralling death and destruction, former Editor of Dawn Abbas Nasir recalled.

Nasir points out that the current policy has caused both law enforcement officers and the Baloch populace great suffering and sorrow. The general Baloch people is incensed at being treated like a hostile, foreign presence on their own country while the paramilitary forces are armed with the “writ of the law” in combating the “terrorists.” “Pakistan’s New reported.

The Dailytimes had stated, citing a report from the Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS), that the provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan had experienced about 376 terror attacks the year before.

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According to the research, proscribed terrorist organisations such as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Daish (Islamic State of Khorasan), and the Baloch Liberation Army were responsible for the majority of the attacks (BLA).

The overall level of violence in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province increased exponentially, along with the number of fatalities. The majority of the victims of violence were citizens, law enforcement personnel, and representatives of the government. Numerous foreigners were found in the civilian population, according to the survey.

The Center claims that after November 28, there was a remarkable increase in terrorist attacks in KP and Balochistan, with over twenty attacks taking place in only the month of December.

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