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Tragedy of Baluchistan

By Tahira Ali

Baluchistan is the largest province in terms of land area, forming the southwestern region of the country. Its provincial capital and largest city is Quetta.

The main ethnic groups in the province are the Baluchi people and the Pashtuns. The remaining smaller communities are Brahuis and Hazaras along with other settlers such as Sindhis. Apart from Quetta, the second-largest city of the province is Turbat in the south, while another area of major economic importance is Gwadar Port on the Arabian Sea.

Baluchistan is also a part of Pakistan but has never got equal rights like Punjab in the fields of education, health, jobs etc. There is lack of educational institutions in all the cities of Baluchistan due to which Baluchis don’t even get jobs in other provinces too. Lack of health facilities has made life harder for the people living in Baluchistan.

If we compare Punjab and Baluchistan in general in all the facilities there is a significant difference. Baluchistan is an important province of Pakistan rich in resources such as gold, gas etc. These things play an important role in strengthening the economy of country. That’s why government needs to explore this province. But the sad reality is that no government has ever treated Baluchistan as one the provinces of Pakistan.

No government has taken any action to solve the countless problems of Baluchistan. Almost in every Baluchi family, there is a missing person. I want to ask that if government isn’t involved in these disappearances, then why they don’t take any action against it.

People of Hazara community are being killed every year in a large number. Still no government has taken any action against it neither has visited the families for condolence. I have a question that why they are targeted every year like this. Is this just because of the reason that they belong to the shia community? They are the inhabitants of this land even before the creation of Pakistan but still they haven’t got equal facilities like that the people of Punjab. Again the question is that if government has no part in these target killing events than why doesn’t is take any action against it.

People of all provinces except those living in Punjab are treated as if they aren’t humans who have a heart and feelings too. Just because they are thought of as people who are backward doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be provided with basic rights. Like there is shortage of water in Baluchistan but still government hasn’t took any action against it. Media also hasn’t taken any action against any of this too.

This article is written by Tahira Ali. She is the student of Institute of Communication Studies, PU, Lahore. She can be reached at Tahira.champion@gmail.com

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