Balochistan: Pakistan's forgotten war
Balochistan is the biggest province of Pakistan but its people are the poorest in the country [Gallo/Getty];*;Rugged ravines etch the landscape Pakistan(***)s mineral-rich Balochistan province [Gallo/Getty] ;*;A man walks on the dried, cracked landscape of Hanna Lake in Balochistan(***)s capital Quetta - once a recreation area for local residents, the lake remained completely dried up between 2000 and 2010 after drought in Pakistan [Gallo/Getty];*;Despite being the richest of all provinces in natural resources, the Baloch people have not benefited from its wealth [Gallo/Getty];*;According to media reports, Pakistan has very precious and expensive stones that are found in Balochistan and the areas bordering with Iran and Afghanistan [EPA] ;*;A stack of old copies of the Quran sits at the Jabal-E-Noorulquran museum in one of the 12 tunnels where 65,000 bags of old holy books are stored for safe keeping, in Quetta, Balochistan [Gallo/Getty];*;Poppy from fields like this one, in Gulistan area of Pakistan(***)s Balochistan province, is used in heroin and other drugs [EPA] ;*;Many of Quetta(***)s drug addicts spend their days getting high on Heroin and opium in what is called the (***)Drug Alley(***) [Gallo/Getty];*;The law and order situation in Quetta, Balochistan province, has worsened over the years, as the Baloch fighters have been seeking an independent state [EPA];*;Balochistan(***)s ethnic tribesmen are waging a sustained low-level insurgency for political autonomy [Gallo/Getty];*;The Pakistani security forces have been accused of using brutal methods and policies against the Baloch people [EPA] ;*;The people of Balochistan want a greater share in profits from natural resources, which they say, are exploited in the area by the Pakistani government [EPA];*;Heavy military presence in the province has further damaged the relations between the Baloch fighters and the armed forces [EPA] ;*;The presence of US troops in Afghanistan fighting Taliban fighters has not helped the situation in Balochistan, either [Gallo/Getty];*;The relations between the Pakistani Army and the Baloch tribal fighters hit rock bottom when Baloch tribal leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti was killed in August 2006, when a shell exploded in the cave in which he was hiding. The Bugti clan has blamed the Pakistan Army for his death all along [EPA];*;Bugti tribesmen revolted against Pakistani authority in December 2006, following their leader(***)s killing, and have been fighting Pakistani troops almost daily since then [Gallo/Getty];*;Bugti guerrillas stand guard at a remote camp outside of Dera Bugti, Balochistan. Many Bugtis are believed to be hiding in the mountains near the town of Dera Bugti, since fighting with Pakistani troops began in December 2006 [Gallo/Getty];*;Bugti militiaman run to an underground bunker during shelling on January 25, 2006 in Dera Bugti in Balochistan [Gallo/Getty];*;Balochistan is also rich in natural gas, which the tribesmen say is exported from their region with little gain for the local population [Gallo/Getty] ;*;People shout slogans during a protest against law and order situation in Quetta, and rise in incidents of kidnapping for ransom in the province [EPA];*;Balochistan has also seen anti-America protests against US air strikes in Afghanistan [Gallo/Getty];*;Many civilian lives have been lost in the fight between the Baloch tribesmen and Pakistan(***)s security forces [Gallo/Getty] ;*;Pakistani forces(***) shelling in the province has forced many to flee their homes [Gallo/Getty];*;The Pakistani government refers to the fighters as miscreants [Gallo/Getty];*;A UNICEF report says that more than 80,000 people displaced by conflict between Baloch tribesmen and government forces in the Pakistani province of Balochistan are living in deplorable conditions and have been cut off from relief aid [Gallo/Getty];*;A Baloch school boy stands in front of a poster with a saying of Prophet Muhammad on it: "Knowledge is my weapon", as he waits to greet Pakistan(***)s Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani, during the opening ceremony of a military college in Sui area of Balochistan province [EPA];*;Two Afghan men of Uzbek descent argue with Taliban supporters in a Afghan refugee district of Quetta, Pakistan. According to a UN estimate, more than 135,000 Afghans have crossed the border into Pakistan, since September 11, 2001 adding to the already millions of refugees living in the country [Gallo/Getty];*;The tension in Afghanistan has also contributed to the increase in violence in Balochistan, many residents oppose terrorism and the Taliban [Gallo/Getty] ;*;A girl studies the Persian language at the Noor school for Afghan refugees [Gallo/Getty]
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