Balochistan: A Conflict of Narratives

by Fida Hussain Malik

Balochistan has been facing innumerable challenges since Pakistan’s independence. Resentment and socio-political turmoil in Baloch society have been feuled by the federation’s denial of Balochistan’s rightful share of resources and funds: a recognition of this injustice by the state has long been needed. Fida Hussain Malik's book is a seminal work providing deep insights into the issues of Balochistan. It will help create a deeper understanding and promote a well-integrated Federation-Province relationship.

About the Author

Major General Fida Hussain Malik, (Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military), MA English Literature, Balochistan University; MSc Art and Science of Warfare and MSc War Studies, National Defence University Islamabad; graduate of Command and Staff College Quetta, Defence Inter Services Staff College Paris, and French School of War Studies), was commissioned in the Pakistan Army in 1986. During his 33-year military service, he has held key command, instruction, and staff appointments. He has commanded an infantry brigade along the Pak–Afghan border in North Waziristan Agency during operation Rah-e-Nijat and later a multinational force as part of a UN Mission in the Ivory Coast. He has served as Chief Instructor in the School of Infantry & Tactics Quetta, and as Brigadier Operations & Plans in Headquarters Southern Command Quetta. He commanded an Infantry Division at Lahore, served as Director General Logistics and later as Vice Chief of Logistics Staff at General Headquarters. He was Deputy Force Commander at the UN Mission in Sudan. Since November 2018 he has been serving as Director General Doctrine and Evaluation.

He has authored two books on law enforcement and counter-insurgency operations: Hounding the Shadows of Terror, and Waziristan: the Simmering Backyard. He has also written many articles and research papers published in professional magazines of the Pakistan Army and the French War College Paris.

Editorial Reviews

"Balochistan has seen turbulent epochs during the seven decades of its accession to Pakistan. There has been a dire need for the grievances of the Baloch people to be recognized by the Federation. This book will help the state understand the province better and develop a suitable problem-solving mechanism."-- Senator Mir Hasil Bakhsh Bizenjo, National Party"

"Limited economic opportunities, unjust distribution of revenues, and ubiquitous violence have been hurting Baloch society since independence. Recognition of these problems in this book will help to repair broken trust." - Senator Sana Ullah Baloch, Member Balochistan Assembly, Balochistan National Party

"Balochistan never received its just share of attention. This book, which includes first-hand views of well-reputed Baloch leaders, will develop a deeper understanding of Balochistan, and facilitate a well-integrated Federal-Province relationship." Dr Zobaida Jalal Changaiz, Federal Minister for Defence Production, Balochistan Awami Party

"While much has been written on Balochistan, few have attempted to understand the psycho-emotional impact of gross under-development and prolonged conflict on Baloch society: hence incomplete understanding among policy-makers, lack of trust, and poor Province-Federation relations. This book will go a long way in correcting these problems." Awais Ghani, Ex-Governor Balochistan & Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP)