Why should Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a Punjab based sectarian organization, target the Quetta based Hazara community in Balochistan? Are the attacks against Hazara a part of larger sectarian violence in Pakistan, or specific to Balochistan? What has been the State and Civil Society response to the Hazara violence?
Externally, Balochistan is not a priority for rest of the world. Balochistan is seen as a localized conflict with no strategic value. Internally, Qandeel Baloch, the murdered Pakistani model, would have occupied more media space in the recent past, than any of the Baloch issues or leaders
While the Sunni militants have been gunning for control in Parachinar, unfortunately, the State – both the military and political establishments pursued an Ostrich approach. Both explained the problem in Parachinar as that of “terrorism” and blamed others. The political establishment, even today lives in a state of ignorance; it is unfortunate, that even today, none from the political leadership has visited Parachinar.