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Building an inclusive Balochistan

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15.03.2019

Most of us who have been told stories of violence and terror in Balochistan tend to believe in them. But in doing so, we lose sight of the real Balochistan, its people and its pluralistic culture. The miseries heaped upon the wonderful people of Balochistan have indelible imprints, which may not go away any time soon. But life does go on and the peace-loving people of Balochistan still have hopes for a better future.

Balochistan is a mesmerising land of incredible geographical diversity and beauty. All the prose and poetics that one may deploy to describe Balochistan stop short of giving an appropriate account of its magnificence. I am lost for words to express what I experienced during my recent visit to the province to explore it beyond the stories of horror and terror. The natural beauty is magnified by the hospitality of its people as well as the cultural diversity.

It was an amazing journey of learning about the untold stories of extremism which is being presented as the root of all our socio-political evils. Who are these extremists and how do they see themselves and the world around them? Extremism has its own political history of disillusionment and deprivation which can be overcome through an inclusive political process. When we lump together the political classification of extremists, anti-state insurgents and objects of political control we lose the battle for their reintegration. We also lose political legitimacy in the eyes of so many peace-loving people of Balochistan when we show our hatred for them as being anti-development, anti-civilisation, anti-freedom and anti-peace and so on and so forth. The narrative of extremism, fear and terror........

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