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 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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Economic potential of Balochistan

  1. 1. ECONOMIC POTENTIAL OF BALOCHISTAN
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION
  3. 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. 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. 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. 6. SCOPE TO HIGHLIGHT THE GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION OF BALOCHISTAN AND EXPLORE THE RICH ECONOMICAL PROSPECTS OF THE PROVINCE
  7. 7. LOCATION
  8. 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. 9. CAPITAL
  10. 10. DEEP SEA PORT
  11. 11. CLIMATE
  12. 12. ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION
  13. 13. ECONOMY
  14. 14. MINERAL RESOURCES OF BALOCHISTAN
  15. 15. •COAL. •BARYTES. •SULPHUR. •MARBLE •ONYX. •IRON ORE . •QUARTZITE •LIMESTONE.
  16. 16. SAINDAK
  17. 17. MINE
  18. 18. HISTORY
  19. 19. REKO DIQ
  20. 20. LOCATION
  21. 21. GEOLOGICAL IMPORTANCE
  22. 22. MINERALOGY
  23. 23. REKO DIQ RESOURCES
  24. 24. GWADAR
  25. 25. GWADAR PORT
  26. 26. INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES
  27. 27. CONCLUSION
  28. 28. QUESTIONS

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