Pakistan: The Forgotten Conflict in Balochistan
In our last conversation, Dr. Samina Ahmed, South Asia Director of the International Crisis Group, said Islamabad was not very pleased with their earlier report on Balochistan. In the meanwhile, Ali Zaman, an analyst working with the ICG, visited Quetta telling me that they wanted to update the ICG report in Balochistan. “ Because we think Balochistan is not getting enough attention now,” said Ali.
Now, the Report Pakistan: The Forgotten Conflict in Balochistan, is out. Like it or not, ICG has very rightly pointed out:
“Although the military has retained control through force, it is fast losing the campaign to win hearts and minds,” says the report, adding “ the insurgency now crosses regional, ethnic, tribal and class lines.”
Islamabad has still not taken Balochistan very seriously. Violence in the province has not subsided but it’s the poor coverage the events get in the media due to several other more important issues.