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Quetta, on the verge of a drastic demographic change

Quetta, on the verge of a drastic demographic changeBy: *Shayan Baloch*
The provincial capital of Balochistan from the pages of history was primarily known as Shaal. "Shaal" is a Balochi word which means "Chaddar". The archives of Quetta go back and connect the periods when Baloch and Pashtoo live together to fight against Moghuls, Persians and others plunders. No doubt, at the time of 18thcentury, Quetta was a part of Afghanistan. Ahmed Shah Abdali, at the time the king of Afghanistan (Kabul) was a complaisant partner of Khan of Kalat, Mir Noori Naseer Khan. Both the heads of states were effectively influential characters in terms of fighting and strategic warfare that were fought in both territories respectively. Both being the strategic partners collectively attacked on the emperors of Hindustan and Persian. However, in a willingness of Ahmed Shah Abdali and their triumphant accomplishment over the emperors respectively brought an intensive intimacy between both …

Baluchistan story: Integration, insurgency, independence!

by Abhijit Bhattacharyya(The author is former IRS officer; alumnus National Defence College of India; Advocate Supreme Court and till date has 715 published articles, on at least 10 subjects, including Constitutional law, to his credit).The long tail of Hindu Kush mountain descends through the south of Afghanistan, bypassing the town of Quetta, to end in a range of hills just north of the Arabian Sea. This land, Baluchistan, to this day remains a large swathe of empty space, as it has been over centuries. Yet, this very emptiness, bordering on being a "no man's land" gives Baluchistan its strategic importance and attraction. Administered today by Pakistan, as one of the four provinces thereof, and inhabited by Baluch nomadic tribes and amongst others, by Brahui fishermen along Makran coast, Baluchistan's claim to contemporary fame revolves round its natural resources and mining, along with deprivation and discrimination of its populace by the neo-Punjabi rulers of Pa…