Balochistan and the Mélange of Violence Regional Context and External Factors
This book presents a comprehensive analysis of the intricate security situation prevailing in Balochistan. It explores and establishes correlations between the internal structural vulnerabilities and fault lines of the Pakistani state with the external influences exerted on the region.
Employing a rigorous examination of both primary and secondary data, the volume critically examines the multifaceted nature of organised violence in Balochistan. In addition to separatist movements, the presence of religious militancy and cross-border terrorism is thoroughly examined. The book delves into the external involvement of regional and global powers in the intricate tapestry of violence within Balochistan, thereby shedding light on the emerging geopolitical landscape and the corresponding power dynamics in the region. It also analyses how the implementation of largescale developmental initiatives, particularly facilitated by China under the auspices of the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), has elevated the geostrategic significance of Balochistan while simultaneously entangling it in the vortex of regional power politics.
This volume will be of interest to scholars and researchers specializing in geopolitics, International Relations, and South Asian studies.
1 Introduction 1
2 Colonial legacy, uneven modernisation, ethnic conflict, ethno-nationalism, fragile state: Key concepts 15
3 Militancy in Balochistan: Contextual factors – Geostrategic location, external involvement and power politics 44
4 Balochistan violence within: A contextual analysis 59
5 The militancy in Balochistan: The mélange of violence 93
6 Balochistan: A flashpoint for geopolitical competition 114
7 Conclusion 135
Respondents’ profile 164