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Economic potential of Balochistan

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Balochistan, situated in the southwest of Pakistan, constitutes 44% of the total land mass. It covers an area of 347,190 kilometers but is home to only 5% of the total population of the country. …

Balochistan, situated in the southwest of Pakistan, constitutes 44% of the total land mass. It covers an area of 347,190 kilometers but is home to only 5% of the total population of the country. Balochistan straddles Iran and Afghanistan to its west and north-west and borders the Arabian Sea in the south. Balochistan is administratively divided into 30 districts. Figure 1 illustrates these districts and Appendix A provides area and population-wise break-up of the districts of Balochistan.

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  • 1. ECONOMIC POTENTIAL OF BALOCHISTAN
  • 2. INTRODUCTION
  • 3.  SITUATED IN THE SOUTHWEST OF PAKISTAN, CONSTITUTES 44% OF THE TOTAL LAND MASS. COVERS AN AREA OF 347,190 KILOMETERS HOME TO ONLY 5% OF THE TOTAL POPULATION BALOCHISTAN STRADDLES IRAN AND AFGHANISTAN TO ITS WEST AND NORTH-WEST AND BORDERS THE ARABIAN SEA IN THE SOUTH BALOCHISTAN IS ADMINISTRATIVELY DIVIDED INTO 30 DISTRICTS.
  • 4. ETHNIC COMPOSITION • BALOCH, PASHTOON AND BRAHVI. • MOST OF THE PEOPLE IN THE CITIES AND TOWNS UNDERSTAND AND SPEAK MORE THAN TWO LANGUAGES. • SERAIKI , PUNJABI AND SINDHI. DARRI AND PERSIAN ARE ALSO SPOKEN.
  • 5. RESOURCE RICHNESS oA RESOURCE-RICH PROVINCE oHOLDS LARGE QUANTITIES OF COAL, GOLD, COPPER, SILVER, PLATINUM, ALUMINUM AND URANIUM oACCOUNTS FOR 36 PERCENT OF PAKISTAN’S TOTAL GAS PRODUCTION. oPOTENTIAL TRANSIT ZONE FOR A PIPELINE TRANSPORTING NATURAL GAS FROM IRAN AND TURKMENISTAN oCOASTAL LINE
  • 6. SCOPE TO HIGHLIGHT THE GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION OF BALOCHISTAN AND EXPLORE THE RICH ECONOMICAL PROSPECTS OF THE PROVINCE
  • 7. LOCATION
  • 8. GEOGRAPHYBALOCHISTAN IS LOCATED AT THE EASTERN EDGE OF THE IRANIAN PLATEAU AND IN THE DIFFICULT TO DEFINE BORDER REGION BETWEEN SOUTHWEST, CENTRAL, AND SOUTH ASIA. IT IS GEOGRAPHICALLY THE LARGEST OF THE FOUR PROVINCES AT 347,190 KM² AND COMPOSE 42% OF THE TOTAL LAND AREA OF PAKISTAN. THE POPULATION DENSITY IS VERY LOW DUE TO THE MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN AND SCARCITY OF WATER. THE SOUTHERN REGION IS KNOWN AS MAKRAN.  A REGION IN THE CENTRE OF THE PROVINCE IS KNOWN AS KALAT. THE SULAIMAN MOUNTAINS DOMINATE THE NORTHEAST CORNER AND THE BOLAN PASS IS A NATURAL ROUTE INTO AFGHANISTAN TOWARDS KANDAHAR.  MUCH OF THE PROVINCE SOUTH OF THE QUETTA REGION IS SPARSE DESERT TERRAIN WITH POCKETS OF INHABITABLE TOWNS MOSTLY NEAR RIVERS AND STREAMS.
  • 9. CAPITAL
  • 10. DEEP SEA PORT
  • 11. CLIMATE
  • 12. ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION
  • 13. ECONOMY
  • 14. MINERAL RESOURCES OF BALOCHISTAN
  • 15. •COAL. •BARYTES. •SULPHUR. •MARBLE •ONYX. •IRON ORE . •QUARTZITE •LIMESTONE.
  • 16. SAINDAK
  • 17. MINE
  • 18. HISTORY
  • 19. REKO DIQ
  • 20. LOCATION
  • 21. GEOLOGICAL IMPORTANCE
  • 22. MINERALOGY
  • 23. REKO DIQ RESOURCES
  • 24. GWADAR
  • 25. GWADAR PORT
  • 26. INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES
  • 27. CONCLUSION
  • 28. QUESTIONS

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