Our drive to cover blank pages often drags us into holes as black as Balochistan. It´s a territory the size of France divided by the borders of three of the most convulse countries in the world: Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. A Pashtun proverb says that the Baluch live in the place where God threw the rubble after creation; a group of US geologists went even further after a work visit to Iran: “It is the closest thing to Mars,” concluded the experts.The area boasts enormous reserves of gold, gas and copper, as well as untapped sources of oil and uranium. In addition, it has enormous strategic importance as a hub for future oil and gas pipelines and for its 620 miles of coast at the gates of the Gulf. Since the occupation of their land, ethnic Baloch insurgents have launched
a series of armed uprisings against the central Pakistani government. Islamabad’s response has come through constant military operations in areas where civilians are displaced, the funnelling of fundamentalist groups into Balochistan, or the so-called “kill and dump” policies directed against dissidents, which sometimes include school teachers and intellectuals. Could it be otherwise when the rest of the world is not even aware of the existence of this land?