Renowned anchorperson and columnist, Mr. Saleem Safi deliberated on how the difference in dynamics of Balochistan and other provinces of Pakistan merited special treatment for the former. He opined that the geostrategic significance of Balochistan had, over the years, compelled actors such as the United States, India and the Afghan Taliban to use Balochistan as a proxy base for their own strategic interests, which had also been engineered to create a sense of deprivation among the Baloch populace. To bring peace in Balochistan, he stated, diplomatic efforts to address the grievances of the Afghans were needed to prevent Afghan soil from being used against Pakistan, and particularly Balochistan. He suggested collaborating with the Chinese leadership to address issues in this regard. In his recommendations, he put forth that Balochistan needed to be a full member of the CPEC Joint Cooperation Committee, that Gilgit Baltistan and Balochistan needed to be provided their due share in CPEC, and that a Truth and Reconciliation Commission should be established to look over the disputed affairs of FATA and Balochistan.

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