Thursday, 31 December 2015


Courtesy:-  WAHEED HAMID

The new century brought challenges created by non-state actors and Pakistan falls in that part of the world which had to face maximum fallout of war on terror. Fata, Karachi and Balochistan are the most hit areas which suffered at the hands of terrorists in their race for power and in turn became fuel for objectives of hostile foreign agencies. Though Pakistan had to suffer the most but the nation recollected itself and created a history of fighting and winning insurgency in a short time when we compare with Sri Lanka and other insurgencies in the world. The operation was carried out with a focus on these three areas but Fata and Karachi remained in limelight. Media reports did talk about the success of operations and environment of peace in Balochistan but the magnitude of success and more importantly the efforts and effects were seldom discussed. The news of success builds morale of the nation but story of success gives confidence to society to stand up as one force to take on the challenge. Where Karachi is important being a heavily populated area, existing sea port and a business hub of the country Balochistan is of significant strategic importance to Pakistan in the future mapping of the world. Balochistan with its huge reservoir of natural resources shares 1268-Km border with Afghanistan and 909-Km with Iran. In the South, it has 745-Km long Coastline. Province has five seaports which are Jiwani, Gwadar, Pasni, Ormara and Gadani. The province is also sharing boundaries with other three provinces of the country, ie, Sindh, Punjab and KPK. Balochistan has an area of 347,190 Sq Kms, which is approx 44% of the entire land mass of Pakistan. The upcoming China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the future port of Gwadar has further enhanced its importance for the region.