Pakistan’s Balochistan, known for the treasure of natural resources, now falls under the poor category. So as, Mukhtar Ahmed writes asking the state to explain the reason behind the inability to bring socioeconomic upliftment to the resource-rich region of Balochistan.
Several reports have claimed that Balochistan is also suffering from several security issues as well, in which it directly mentions about the increasing presence of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Balochistan and also about continuous recent attacks, including Chaman, where five security officials were killed. It was in addition to attacks in Kohlu, Zhob as well as Turbat by Baloch separatists.
As per the reports, the continuously growing presence of TTP in Balochistan has left its people in a nail-biting situation, as it has increased their worries, especially after the recent Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the Afghani Taliban have also refused to help as well as the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is now rampage in two of the provinces in the nation, and in the federal capital, it is time the Pakistani state actually need to rethink its security calculus.
While noting to Abbas Nasir, former Editor of Dawn, wrote, “Balochistan is again boiling again and precious lives continues to be lost in the province, with little or almost no acknowledgement that the so-called iron-hand policy being going on there from the time since the killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti in 2006 has paid nothing but spiralling death as well as destruction.”
Nasir further highlighted that, “The policy pursued so far has put pain as well as agony on the law-enforcement personnel and Baloch people alike. While the paramilitary army are armed with the “Writ of the law” in taking on terror organisations, the general Baloch public is quite furious at being treated like a hostile, or just like an alien presence on their own soil.”
At the same time, the Dailytimes reported mentioning the Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS), that “Khyber Pakhtunkhwa & Balochistan provinces had witnessed approximately 376 terrorists attacks in the previous year.”
The report has also emphasized upon the fact that the majority of the attacks were carried out by banned terror outfits just like Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Daish (Ismalic State Khorasan) and Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA).
Multiple reports have also mentioned that, “The province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa continues to witness rise in violence, with a corresponding increase in the rate of fatalities. Government officials, law enforcement personnel & civilians made up the majority of the victims of violence.”
Moreover, as per the Center, after November 28, there has been a recent surge in terrorists attacks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well as Balochistan, with over 20 strikes in the month of December only.