Resurgent Rebellion in Balochistan

Wolf, Siegfried O.

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During the last few months, the security situation in Balochistan witnessed an increase in militancy. It seems that the escalating violence in the region is linked with the growing Chinese presence and intensified activities by the Pakistani armed forces and the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI). This SADF Comment subscribes to the following rationale: Locals feel exploited and deprived from the benefits obtained from the use of their provincial resources, as well as politically marginalized by the Pakistani state. The rising numbers of Chinese development projects, companies, workers and security personnel in Balochistan are perceived as threatening to the social and economic conditions of the Baloch people seem to be directly provoking further armed responses. The situation becomes more complicated due to the persistent suppression of the freedom of expression (along with other political and human rights) and the lack of a fair, adequate representation of the Baloch people and their interests on the national level – which prevents them from translating their concerns into the country’s political processes. Chinese development projects in the framework of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) are increasingly identified by the Baloch people as tools of exploitation (Wolf, 2019) of their natural resources (Coal, Oil, Copper, Gold etc.) – but also as measures supporting the central government’s grip over the province. Chinese assets are becoming the main targets of Baloch guerrillas, through actions understood as retaliation measures. […]

Document type: Article
Publisher: South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF)
Place of Publication: Brussels
Date: 2020
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2022 07:02
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Political science
Military science
Controlled Keywords: Belutschistan, Pakistan, China, Ausbeutung, Ressourcen, Marginalisierung, Guerilla
Uncontrolled Keywords: Belutschistan, Pakistan, China, Ausbeutung, Marginalisierung, Vorteile, Ressourcen, Wirtschaftskorridor China Pakistan, Guerillakrieg / Balochistan, Pakistan, China, exploitation, marginalization, benefits, resources, China Pakistan Economic Corridor, guerrilla warfare
Subject (classification): Politics
Countries/Regions: China
Series: Themen > SADF Comment
Volume: 194