BALOCHISTAN THE MYSTERIOUS LAND

Balochistan, the largest of the four provinces of Pakistan, spreads over an area of 347,190 Sq, Kms., forming 43.6 per cent of the total area of Pakistan. It has clustered population and is smallest in proportion as compared to that of other provinces. Its population, according to 1998 census, is xx million, having a low density per square kilometer. Physically, Balochistan is an extensive plateau of rough terrain divided into basins by ranges of sufficient heights and ruggedness. Broadly, Balochistan geographic area can be divided in to four distinct zones: Upper high lands, lower high lands, plains, and deserts.
Tourism in Balochistan
The mineral rich ingenierous and gifted lands of Balochistan has a side that trumps its resourcefulness; that side is astonishing and mind-boggling beauty, catering travelers to the top attractions of Balochistan.
Top 5 places to visit in Balochistan
1. PIR GHAYB (THE INVISIBLE SAINT) WATERFALLS – BOLAN, BALOCHISTAN
2. HANNAH JHEEL (HANNAH LAKE AND URRAK) – QUETTA, BALOCHISTAN
3. QUAID-E-AZAM RESIDENCY – ZIARAT, BALOCHISTAN
4. HINGOL NATIONAL PARK – HINGOL, BALOCHISTAN
5. KUND MALIR BEACH – KUND MALIR, BALOCHISTAN

Why is Balochistan important for Pakistan? Should Pakistan be concerned if Balochistan is seperated from Pakistan?
Pakistan currently has 1 major port i.e Karachi Port which is heavily loaded with serious congestion from commercial, fishing, civil and military shipping.Gwadar Port is located at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, just outside the Strait of Hormuz, near the key shipping routes in and out of the Persian Gulf, through which more than 13 million barrel oil per day passes. It also is the shortest route for oil supplies to its key ally China, and thus giving Pakistan a serious ace up their sleeves.ithout Balochistan, Pakistan will only be sharing its borders with India, China and Afganistan, thus accessing any gas and oil from Central Asia via Afganistan. Not only does this increase the cost, but also creates huge risks.Also, In 1995, Balochistan was contributing nearly 56% to Pakistan’s total output of natural gas, but by 2007 its shares had dropped to 22.7%, and that same year it consumed only 5.81% of the country’s total output.

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