even mapping the groups involved in the violence in Balochistan is fraught with danger.
“Please be very careful. These are merciless people,” a senior Quetta-based journalist who requested anonymity to talk about the radical groups urged. “It’s very difficult for us to work here.”
Reliable information on the insurgent groups is difficult to come by and even harder to corroborate. Nevertheless, the contours of the groups involved in the violence can be established to some extent.
A handful of groups dominate the insurgency, of which the Balochistan Liberation Army is perhaps the most well-known.The BLA appeared in its present incarnation soon after the arrest of Khair Bakhsh Marri in January 2000. The powerful Marri chief was accused of having a hand in the murder of a Balochistan High Court judge.
Originally a rural phenomenon and limiting its operat…