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trying to resolve a serious political issue militarily; instead of a surgeon’s
delicate and deft touch, Pakistan is using a butcher’s cleaver. The roots
of Baloch alienation and resentment run deep. The state, led by the
army, just cannot or does not want to understand the import and depth
of Baloch nationalism. Having learnt very little from the past, the
Pakistan state, led by the army, sees the insurgency as a law and order
problem that needs to be tackled militarily.
The army does not see that the insurgency is not the real problem
but is the result of a problem, and the problem is political. It goes to
the heart of what kind of a state Pakistan is and whether minority
nationalities like the Baloch can be accommodated equitably or will
have to live subserviently under the dominant Punjabis. The army being
overwhelmingly Punjabi …

The myth of Pakistan acting as ‘protector’ of the Kashmiri people

By Siegfried O. Wolf.3 October, 2019ISSN NUMBER: 2406-5633
 DOWNLOAD PDFSiegfried O. WolfDr. Siegfried O. Wolf, Director of Research at SADF (Coordinator: Democracy Research Programme); he was educated at the Institute of Political Science (IPW) and South Asia Institute (SAI), both Heidelberg University. Additionally he is member (affiliated researcher) of the SAI as well as a former research fellow at IPW and Centre de Sciences Humaines (New Delhi, India).AbstractSince the end of the British colonial rule over the Indian subcontinent in 1947, the subsequent restructuring of the political map of the region, and the transfer of power to the successor states, the former principle state of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) turned into the major flashpoint in South Asia. Despite the fact that the then ruler of J&K declared its accession to India, Pakistan not only illegally holds large parts of the territory but also questions India’s legitimate claims over said territory and tries to syst…

Geo-economics or Geo-politics? The CPEC at the Edge

Kalinga Institute of Indo-Pacific Studies - Scholars’ Point - Geo-economics or Geo-politics? The CPEC at the EdgeDr. Siegfried O. Wolf
The implementation of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the increasing Chinese presence in South Asia is a matter of domestic, regional, and global concerns for countries. The CPEC, which is one of the largest and most advanced development schemes of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), has increasingly become an influencing factor in the power dynamics of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and beyond. This is extremely relevant considering the CPEC is not only a program to promote economic growth but also serves as an instrument for Beijing to extend its ‘strategic influence from the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea’. This has severe geopolitical implications for states, the existing security architecture, and particularly for the distribution of power in the extended area. Moreover, considering the assertiveness and will…