Balochistan: Pakistan And China Struggle
With Smoldering Insurgency

By Patrick Yeager, USG

Long an afterthought, Balochistan – Pakistan’s largest province geographically yet its smallest in terms of population (see Figure 1)2 – is experiencing a fifth insurgency since it was seized by Islamabad in 1948. The Baloch, a small ethnic group who seek enhanced provincial autonomy, cannot force change at the ballot box, and Islamabad will not negotiate, thus violence has resulted. CPEC and Chinese Interests in Pakistan CPEC is a key portion of China’s Belt and Road...