Disappearances and Assassinations
In its annual Pakistan Security Report 2010, the Islamabad-based independent think-tank, Pakistan Institute for Peace (PIPS), has described Balochistan as the country’s “most violent” province during the year 2010. While the resource-rich province witnessed a 7 percent decrease in the overall number of violent attacks as compared to 2009, an alarming 43 percent increase in murders and 4 percent upsurge in injuries was recorded last year. According to PIPS statistics, 737 terrorist attacks in the province killed at least 600 people and injured 1,117.
The most striking feature of the developments in the province last year was the dramatic urbanisation of the conflict. Only four years ago when the Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti was killed, militancy predominantly existed in districts of Kohlu and Dera Bugti but today these districts rank as 9th and 18th respectively as the most violent places in Balochistan. In 2010, Quetta, the provincial capital and Khuzdar, the second largest city of Balochistan, were the epicentres of violence accounting for 189 and 130 violent attacks respectively, which killed 319 people in these two districts. (Read the full article in The Friday Times)