Balochistan consists of the south west of Pakistan. In the west it borders with Afghanistan and Iran and in the south it has the Arabian Sea. It accounts for nearly half the land mass of Pakistan and only 3.6% of its total population. The province is immensely rich in natural resources, including oil, gas, copper and gold. Despite these huge deposits of mineral wealth, the area is one of the poorest regions of Pakistan. A vast majority of its population lives in deplorable housing conditions where they don’t have access to electricity or clean drinking water.
This is the woeful status of Balochistan after Islamabad illegally annexed it in 1948, which historically never belonged to Pakistan.
In his book Azad Balochistan, Seshadri Chari talks about historical perspective and current situation in Balochistan.
Inside Azad Balochistan
- Balochistan’s Indus Past
- Briton’s Security Concerns
- Keep a bit of India
- Gwadar—A pearl India lost
- Pakistan closes in on Balochistan and Gwadar
- Balochistan: Deprived, exploited, terrorised and oppressed