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Was Balochistan an independent country?

Was Balochistan an independent country?

Ahmad Shah Durrani made it part of the Afghan Empire in 1749. In 1758 the Khan of Kalat, Mir Noori Naseer Khan Baloch, revolted against Ahmed Shah Durrani, defeated him, and freed Balochistan, winning complete independence. In the 1870s, Baluchistan came under control of the British Indian Empire in colonial India.

How did Pakistan get Balochistan?

The princely states of Mekran, Kharan, Lasbela and a little later Kalat state acceded to Pakistan after it came into being in 1947. In 1955, Balochistan was merged into one unit of West Pakistan. After the dissolution of one-Unit, Balochistan emerged as one of the four new provinces of Pakistan.

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What do you know about Balochistan?

Balochistan is located at the eastern edge of the Iranian plateau and in the difficult to define border region between Southwest, Central, and South Asia . It is geographically the largest of the four provinces at 347,190 km ² and composes 42\% of the total land area of Pakistan . The southern region is known as Makran.

What is special about Balochistan?

Its provincial capital and largest city is Quetta. Aside 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. Balochistan is noted for its unique culture and extremely dry desert climate.

Why Balochistan is divided?

In the 1500s, Balochistan, like Afghanistan to its north, became divided into zones of control between the Safavid Persian Empire to its west and the Mughal Empire to its east. This approximately reflects the Iran-Pakistan border today. Pakistan had to buy it back from Oman in 1958.

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Why doesn’t India bring up Balochistan issue at any international platform?

India maintained for a long time that it would not interfere in the internal matters of other countries. Hence, it never brought up the Balochistan issue at any international platform, despite Pakistan repeatedly stoking the Kashmir issue. 5. India’s RAW Deal? A file image of a bomb blast in the Baloch capital of Quetta.

Why is PM Modi referring to Balochistan as the ‘B word’?

He pronounced the ‘B’ word, which Pakistan hates to talk about. Balochistan is a touchy issue for Pakistan. And by referring to it publicly, PM Modi is trying to be more aggressive and assertive vis-a-vis Pakistan. But where is Balochistan? Is India interfering in it? How are Baloch people reacting to India’s new found support?

Why is Balochistan the most backward region in Pakistan?

Pakistan is accused of neglecting and exploiting the region. (Photo: Reuters) Balochistan means ‘the land of the Baloch’. The province was divided into four princely states, which were forcefully acceded to Pakistan. Despite being rich in natural resources, it is the most backward region in Pakistan.

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What’s happening in Balochistan?

Baloch women supporters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) gather in Karachi to protest the killing of political activists in Balochistan. (Photo: Reuters) Pakistani security forces are accused of illegally detaining 19,000 men, women and children in Balochistan.