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In Balochistan, nationalist versus separatist

B vs P

The May 11 parliamentary election is being seen by both the Pakistan state and insurgents as a referendum on secessionism

If actions speak louder than words, then in Balochistan, the elections this weekend are being made out to be some kind of a referendum on the demand for independence by separatist groups. Encouraged by the participation of nationalist parties in this election after boycotting them in 2008, the federal and provincial governments are eager to package this as a vote against the separatist agenda though they are not saying this in as many words as there is no telling what the turnout will be.

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