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Counter insurgency in Balochistan: The M6 strategy

Counter insurgency in Balochistan

By Ali Qambar

In February 2005, Pakistan deployed armed forces numbering in hundreds of thousands in Dera Bugti, the seat of the tribal Bugti area of Balochistan and started an offensive military operation. On March 17, 2005, the Pakistani forces heavily shelled town and villages that resulted in killing of sixty-one civilians, mostly belonging to the Hindu community. Dera Bugti became a killing field of Pakistani military that continues to date. Soon the fire engulfed all Balochistan, especially in the aftermath of slaying of the tribal head, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti in August 2006.

It is now February 2015. After a decade of military offensives and operations, illegal abductions, torture, targeted killings, and razing entire villages; the Pakistani army chief, General Raheel Shareef and Prime Minister Nawaz Shareef visited Quetta, the capital city of Balochistan.

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