Balochistan

region of southwestern Asia This article is about the geographic region. For other uses, see Balochistan (disambiguation). Region

Balochistan (/bəˈlɒtʃɪstɑːn/; Balochi: بلوچِستان‎; also romanised as Baluchistan) is an arid desert and mountainous region in South and Western Asia. It comprises the Pakistani province of Balochistan, the Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan, and the southern areas of Afghanistan, including Nimruz, Helmand and Kandahar provinces. Balochistan borders the Pashtunistan region to the north, Sindh and Punjab to the east, and Persian regions to the west. South of its southern coastline, including the Makran Coast, are the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman.

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Etymology

Distribution of Pakistanis who spoke either Balochi or Brahui as a first language at the time of the 1998 census of Pakistan

The name "Balochistan" is generally believed to derive from the name of the Baloch people. The Baloch people are not mentioned in pre-Islamic sources. It is likely that the Baloch were known by some other name in their place of origin and that they acquired the name "Baloch" after arriving in Balochistan sometime in the 10th century.

Johan Hansman relates the term "Baloch" to Meluḫḫa, the name by which the Indus Valley Civilisation is believed to have been known to the Sumerians (2900–2350 BC) and Akkadians (2334–2154 BC) in Mesopotamia....read more

Balochistan, Pakistan
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Balochistan, Pakistan ... Balochistan (/bəˌlɒtʃɪˈstɑːn, -stæn/; Urdu: بلوچِستان‎) is one of the four provinces of Pakistan. It is the largest province in terms of land area, forming...

Insurgency in Balochistan
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Insurgency in Balochistan ... Insurgency in Balochistan is a low-intensity insurgency waged by Baloch nationalists against the governments of Pakistan and Iran in the Balochistan region,...

History of Balochistan
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History of Balochistan ... The history of Balochistan began in 650 BCE with vague allusions to the region in Greek historical records. Balochistan is divided between the Pakistani...

Balochistan Liberation Army
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Balochistan Liberation Army ... The Balochistan Liberation Army (Balochi: بلۏچستان آجوییء لشکر‎; abbreviated BLA), also known as the Baloch Liberation Army, is a militant organization...

Quetta
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Quetta ... Shalkot(Balochi:شال کوٹ) is the provincial capital and largest city of the Province of Balochistan in Pakistan. It is also the 10th largest city of Pakistan. It was largely...

Culture of Balochistan
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Culture of Balochistan ... The culture of Balochistan (Urdu: بلوچ ثقافت‎) or simply Baloch culture is defined in terms of religious values, Balochi and Brahui language, literature...

Balochistan Awami Party
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Balochistan Awami Party ... Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) (Urdu: بلوچستان عوامی پارٹی (ب‌ع‌پ)‎); "Balochistan People's Party") is a political party based in the Balochistan province...

Provincial Assembly of Balochistan
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Provincial Assembly of Balochistan ... The Provincial Assembly of Balochistan is a unicameral legislature of elected representatives of the province of Balochistan, and is located in Quetta...

List of chief ministers of Balochistan
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List of chief ministers of Balochistan ... Minister of Balochistan is elected by the Provincial Assembly of the Balochistan to serve as the head of the provincial government in Balochistan, Pakistan...

Balochistan Levies
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Balochistan Levies ... Balochistan Levies is a paramilitary gendarmerie in the Pakistani province of Balochistan. It operates as one of two primary law enforcement agencies...

Government of Balochistan, Pakistan
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Baloch people
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Sistan and Baluchestan Province
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Balochistan Police
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List of districts in Balochistan
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Taftan, Balochistan
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University of Balochistan
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Hinduism in Balochistan
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Balochistan, Afghanistan
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