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Stereotypes and Social Hierarchy in Western Pakistan: From British Rule to the Current Insurrection

By Martin W. Lewis | May 24, 2011 | 14 Comments
Map of British Strategies for Ruling Pakistan

Western supporters of the Balochistan insurgency often emphasize the region’s religious moderation, arguing that an independent Baloch state would buffer Islamic extremism. Such views are of long standing; British empire-builders similarly contrasted the religious laxity of the Baloch with the stridency of their Pashtun neighbors. But religiosity varies at the individual as well as the

The Iran-Pakistan Border Barrier

By Martin W. Lewis | May 13, 2011 |
Google Earth Image of Iran-Pakistan Barrier

One of the world’s most heavily fortified borders stretches between Iran and Pakistan. The Iran-Pakistan Barrier, currently under construction by the Iranian government, features a three-foot thick (.91 meters), ten-foot high (3.05 meter) concrete wall extending across 700 kilometers of forbidding desert terrain. The actual wall, however, is merely one part of an elaborate system

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