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 Balochistan (Pakistan) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Its neighbouring regions are Iranian Balochistan to the west, Afghanistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas to the north and Punjab and Sindh to the east.
Balochistan is located at the eastern edge of the Iranian plateau and in the difficult to define border region between Southwest, Central, and South Asia.
Balochistan was sparsely populated by various tribes, possibly of Dravidian and Indo-Iranian origin, for centuries following the decline of the nearby Harappa-Mohenjo-daro civilisation to the east.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Balochistan_(Pakistan)   (2360 words)

 Pakistan Assessment 2006
Large tracts of Pakistan are now clearly conflict-afflicted with a wide array of anti-state actors and terrorists engaging in varying degrees of violence and subversion.
The Balochistan province — accounting for approximately 44 per cent of Pakistan’s landmass — is now afflicted by an encompassing insurgency, as are most parts of North and South Waziristan in FATA — another three per cent of the country’s total landmass.
A crucial pivot of the insurgency in the Balochistan province, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, was killed along with 38 insurgents during a military operation in the Chalgri area of Bhamboor Hills in Dera Bugti District on August 26, 2006.
www.satp.org /satporgtp/countries/pakistan/index.htm   (3459 words)

 ShaikhSiddiqui Pakistan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Pakistan was the site of the world's oldest 8,000 year old civilization at Mehrgarh in the Balochistan province.
Pakistan, a developing country, is the sixth most populous in the world and has faced a number of challenges on the political and economic fronts.
The languages of Pakistan are Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashto, Kashmiri, Seraiki, Baloch, Brahui, etc. Arabic is the religious language, Persian or Farsi is the cultural language, Urdu is the national language and English is the official language of Pakistan.
www.shaikhsiddiqui.com /pakistan.html   (2513 words)

 The Massacre in Balochistan
Balochistan (present province of Pakistan) annexed to pakistan in march 1948 after the first Pakistani military operation on Balochistan.
Right from the begining Pakistan is a military state, well known by interferences in Kashmir, by supporting different militant groups for example talibans, in order to disrupt the law and order in neighbouring countries.
The current chaos in Balochistan is the result of total ignorance of democratic rights, antihuman behaviour and overmilitarization in province which is kept poorest region inspite of that Balochistan is rich in precious mineral, oil and natural gas, exploited by Pakistan.
www.balochistaninfo.com /massacre_in_balochistan.htm   (672 words)

 ShaikhSiddiqui Balochistan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Balochistan subsequently was dominated by empires based in Iran and Afghanistan as well as the Mughal empire based in South Asia.
It is geographically the largest of the four provinces at 347,190 km²; and composes 42% of the total land area of Pakistan.
Balochistan province borders Sarhad and Afghanistan in the north, Punjab and Sindh in the east, Iran in the west and Arabian Sea in the South.
www.shaikhsiddiqui.com /balochistan.html   (1107 words)

 Balochistan Tango| DesPardes.com
Balochistan has an estimated population of 7,000,000, (according to the census of 1998 it was nearly 6,511,000) which comes to about 4½ % of the total population of the country.
The prominent Balochi tribes in Pakistan are Mengal, Marri, Bugti, Mohammad Hasni, Zehri, Bizenjo and Raisani.
To cut the story short, even after the British Balochistan and the Balochistan States became a part of Pakistan, some reservations did persist in a section of the Balochi population, and the Khan of Kalat found it difficult to reconcile himself to the reality that his state was an integral part of Pakistan.
www.despardes.com /articles/feb06/20060210-balochistan-crisis.asp   (5343 words)

 ISN Security Watch - Trouble in Pakistan’s energy-rich Balochistan
During a visit to Balochistan earlier last year, ISN Security Watch found the BLA members to be well-trained and well-armed, with machine guns, rocket-launchers, Motorola wireless sets, and Thuraya satellite phones receiving information about the movement of government troops.
Balochistan's deprivation is further aggravated when it comes to federal funding, as funding is allocated based on population - a formula that granted Balochistan 85 per cent less funds than Punjab in the last fiscal year.
Covering nearly 350,000 square kilometers, Balochistan is by far the largest of four provinces in the country, though it is home to less than 7 per cent of Pakistan’s population.
www.isn.ethz.ch /news/sw/details.cfm?ID=14606   (2946 words)

 The Hindu : Opinion / Leader Page Articles : Balochistan shadow over India-Pakistan ties
Pakistan claims that Research and Analysis Wing stations in Tehran and Kabul have funnelled funds to organisations such as the shadowy Balochistan Liberation Army, and that President Hamid Karzai's regime in Afghanistan is providing training camps for the rebels.
Battered by the growing violence in Balochistan, and bereft of political allies, Gen. Musharraf is desperate for an issue with which to restore his fragile legitimacy.
To Pakistan's military, India's decision not to cross the LoC during the 1999 Kargil war, or to risk a conflict in 2001-2002 after the terrorist attack on the Parliament House, demonstrated that this belief was robust.
www.hindu.com /2006/09/05/stories/2006090502960800.htm   (1588 words)

 Pakistan Facts - Balochistan cries out for attention   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The heavens would not fall if the nationalist irritations of the Baloch were met with a fair share for the people of the province in their own natural resources and generous help to overcome the legacy of neglect and underdevelopment from the past.
The Balochistan government has moved to register cases of murder against 12 people including a former chief minister of the province, Sardar Akhtar Mengal s/o Sardar Ataullah Mengal (also a former chief minister), and the secretary general of his Balochistan Nationalist Party.
Balochistan has been neglected over the decades even though not much financial outlay was necessary to uplift its minuscule population.
www.pakistan-facts.com /article.php?story=200408020907597   (1899 words)

 INSIGHTS: Balochistan: Pakistan's Nuclear Wasteland Up in Arms   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Still, Balochistan is a vast territory - 43 percent of Pakistan's land mass - and it is very rich in oil and gas.
Numbering less than five million in Pakistan-controlled Balochistan, the Baloch fear if Islamabad's plans of transferring the ethnic Punjabi population from the north are not checked, the demography of their land would be altered for good in no time and they would be marginalized much like the Native Americans in the United States.
I mean the forcible and illegal annexation of Balochistan, the looting of Baloch resources at the point of gun, the killing of the people and finally the destruction of their land.
www.ens-newswire.com /ens/oct2006/2006-10-27-insmus.asp   (1500 words)

 BBC NEWS | World | South Asia | Pakistan risks new battlefront
The venue is Balochistan, Pakistan's troubled western province where nationalists have been fighting pitched battles against security forces for well over a year.
With the fall of Pakistan's former ally, the Taleban, in Afghanistan, army officials argue that Pakistan has lost the "strategic depth" in Balochistan which shares a 600-mile border with Afghanistan.
The Balochistan legislative assembly is by far the most fragmented house amongst the four provincial assemblies in the country.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/south_asia/4182151.stm   (1010 words)

 Pakistan Facts - Balochistan military operation is a world issue: Kachkol   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
He asked the international community to send a fact-finding mission to Balochistan and be witness to the misery of its people.
The HRCP had, "received evidence that action by armed forces had led to deaths and injuries among civilians of Balochistan" and that "the population had also been subjected to indiscriminate bombing".
The HRCP report said that up to 85 percent (22,000 to 26,000) of the inhabitants of Dera Bugti have fled their homes after the town was repeatedly hit by shelling by paramilitary forces, Baloch said.
www.pakistan-facts.com /article.php?story=2006012822452430   (393 words)

 Why Balochistan threatens Pakistan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The main challenge to Pakistan's effort to have a unitary structure can be attributed to the extreme ethnic consciousness and a sense of strong socio-cultural identity of most of the ethnic groups residing inside Pakistan.
In nearly six decades of Pakistan's existence the Baloch have always been out of the mainstream and that is why while the Pakhtoons gradually assimilated in Pakistani society with the passage of time, the Balochs moved away.
The problem in Balochistan is potentially serious in that it seeks to generate separatist and nationalist sentiment within a culturally distinct ethnolinguistic group that had its own autonomous history and has not changed much under British rule.
ia.rediff.com /news/2006/jan/25bspec.htm?q=tp&file=.htm   (633 words)

 Peace Like A River: The crisis in Balochistan
He said the focus of the event would be primarily on Pakistani Balochistan, which has been a place of "frequent and unresolved conflict." He brought up the old conundrum of whether this was a police action or military action, whether this was terrorism or a nationalist insurgency.
Balochistan is in between two nuclear states, Iran and Pakistan.
He said aid to Pakistan should be withheld until the military repression is stopped and negotiations are started.
www.jeffkouba.com /myblog/2006/05/crisis-in-balochistan.html   (1080 words)

 IRAN-BALOCHISTAN-PAKISTAN-INDIA GAS PIPELINE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The military operation, which he has falsely projected to the world outside Balochistan, including to his own people, as a law enforcement operation against criminal absconders and miscreants not involving the use of the Army and the Air Force, is not making headway.
Asma Jehangir, have been thwarted by the Army, which has not hesitated even to open fire on a team of observers deputed by her to Balochistan to report on the human rights situation there and to find out the truth about the nature of the military operations against the Baloch youth.
The freedom struggle in Balochistan is not confined to the Baloch youth of the BLA alone.
www.saag.org /papers17/paper1669.html   (782 words)

The longest walk of Pakistan, In 1997 the world youngest mountaineer and Cave explorer Mohammad Abubakar Durrani (age five and half year) in company of CAAB and PTV officials conquered the highest peak in Balochistan (zrghoon Mountains(Looi Nai kaan).
In Pakistan CAAB is founder of cave exploration sports and tradition of hoisting (Waving) Pakistan National flag on Mountains top and due to this regular reputation since 1946 the explorers of CAAB one known as Pakistani National flag bearer Squad around the world.
CAAB has find more then 130 cave in Pakistan, and then explored jointly with the coordination of British cave explorers, most of these caves were explored in Balochistan, Including the longest Cave, largest chamber Cave, Natural decorated Cave, and deep descending shaft and beautiful caves of Pakistan.
www.caab.20m.com   (704 words)

Agriculture is the backbone of the economy of Pakistan.
In Balochistan, 90 % of the livestock feed is obtained from pastures (FAO, 1987).
Most of the rangelands of Pakistan are in arid and semi-arid zones characterized by low precipitation and extremes of temperature and low humidity.
www.fao.org /WAICENT/FAOINFO/AGRICULT/AGP/AGPC/doc/Counprof/Pakistan.htm   (4229 words)

 Balochistan (region) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Balochistan or Baluchistan is an arid region located in the Iranian Plateau in Southwest Asia and South Asia, between Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Balochistan's landscape is composed of barren, rugged mountains and fertile land.
Western Balochistan was conquered by Iran in the 19th century, and its boundary was fixed in 1872.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Balochistan_(region)   (534 words)

 Preparing a Public Sector Resource Management Program For Balochistan, Pakistan
Balochistan is Pakistan's largest province, accounting for 44% of the total area of the country, but includes only 5% of the country's population.
According to the Balochistan Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP), finalized in April 2003, social indicators are poor, there are large gender disparities in the province, and poverty levels are estimated to be as high as 47%.
The Finance Department of the government of Balochistan is the executing agency for the TA, which is due for completion in May 2005.
www.adb.org /Media/Articles/2004/4155_Pakistan_Resource_Management_Program   (541 words)

 Pakistan Launches New Offensive in Balochistan
Balochistan is Pakistan's largest province, but is sparsely populated with only six million people.
In response to the attacks, helicopter gunships are again being deployed in the region, painful reminders of the havoc caused by these weapons on the civilian population during the bitterly fought 1973-1977 insurgency.
There are also government fears that Balochistan is being used as a transit point for foreign militants on their way to join al-Qaeda or Taliban forces active in Pakistan's northwest frontier.
www.jamestown.org /terrorism/news/article.php?articleid=2370044   (872 words)

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However, in the context of Balochistan, Pakistan's least developed province, they are unusual: they are among the very few girls who go to school.
Balochistan's female literacy rates are among the lowest in the world, with most girls not enrolled in a school.
The literacy rate for Balochistan's women was estimated at 20 percent, with only 10 percent of rural women receiving schooling.
www.irinnews.org /report.asp?ReportID=55405&SelectRegion=Asia&SelectCountry=PAKISTAN   (667 words)

 $205 Million Program to Help Improve Social Services in Balochistan, Pakistan
The program is ADB's first for the social sectors in Balochistan, and follows loans that strengthened the province's local governments and resource management.
The Balochistan Planning and Development Department is the executing agency for the program, which will be carried out up to about June 2009, and the TA project, due for completion in December 2010.
Balochistan has the most challenging human development indicators in the country.
www.adb.org /media/Articles/2005/8959_Pakistan_Social_Services   (572 words)

 Balochistan: Unrest after Pakistan Rebel Death   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
He was a key figure in the struggle for greater political autonomy and share of Balochistan's gas and mineral wealth.
Elsewhere in Balochistan, vehicles were damaged and roads blocked by protesters, AFP news agency reported.
Balochistan is Pakistan's biggest province, and is said to be the richest in mineral resources.
www.unpo.org /article.php?id=5253   (634 words)

 Asia Times Online - The best news coverage from South Asia
At the same time, while Pakistan has announced categorically that it will not send its troops to Iraq, backroom preparations are still being made for just such an eventuality.
In Balochistan, Pakistan's biggest but least-populated province, nationalist insurgents are conducting an ongoing campaign for more control over the area's vast natural-gas and mineral resources, as well as for increased political and economic rights.
It is generally believed that the present insurgency is spearheaded by the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), an underground organization that traces its roots to the leftist Baloch Students Organization at Balochistan University during the Cold War era.
www.atimes.com /atimes/South_Asia/FH07Df03.html   (909 words)

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Balochistan has immense potential as a future success story and the BCS is a vision of its future.
The Balochistan Community Irrigation and Agriculture Project (BCIAP) is a project funded by the World Bank, the Government of the Netherlands, the Government of Balochistan and the local farming community.
The Balochistan Post is a news site regarding news of all over Balochistan, distributed in different categories like, Economic, Politics, Heritages, Editorial, Civil center and Forums in which they invite readers to freely express their opinions, observations, comments and suggestions.
www.balochistan.sdnpk.org /links.htm   (901 words)

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