Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Conflict in Balochistan, Pakistan

The Guardian reports on the conflict in Balochistan, Pakistan's largest province, between Balochs and the Pakistani military and intelligence forces.
If you have not heard of this epic killing spree, though, don't worry: neither have most Pakistanis. Newspaper reports from Balochistan are buried quietly on the inside pages, cloaked in euphemisms or, quite often, not published at all.
This conflict, whilst under-reported, has lots of intrigues: mineral deposits underground, separatist/nationalist groups targeting their own side for not being 'Baloch' enough, police/politicians/military not investigating killings, torture and mutilation.

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