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Monday, July 22, 2019 | Today's Paper

How did the strength of the Levies become their greatest weakness? With suggestions for a way forward

By Tufail Ahmed Baloch

January 29, 2019 – 3:04 am

Historical and contemporary evidence suggests that the Balochistan Levies force typically has established exemplary deterrence through “indigenous intelligence.” The essence of the Balochistan Levies force is an attempt to utilize local indigenous communities and terrain intelligence effectively. The Balochistan Levies force has accomplished many difficult tasks, such as busting hardcore criminal gangs, recovering abductees, and putting numerous outlaws behind bars. The Balochistan Levies force is best thought of as a model for community policing; it primarily provides outside forces access to basic and vital intelligence from the communities in which Levies forces operate. Scholars argue that victory against criminal groups can often entirely depend upon the war for intelligence. Through robust intelligence, the Levies force can often serve as a deterrence, since criminals assume that the retaliation exacted by Levies forces is likely to be more robust and punitive than local police.


Dilemma of Gwadar Water Crisis

By Tufail Ahmed Baloch

December 29, 2018 – 12:05 am

The coastal town of Balochistan, Gwadar, in recent years, has been the gravity of attention both regionally and internationally for it being the launching pad of the much acclaimed CPEC project. Development of Gwadar has been the foremost priority of the successive provincial and federal government during past decades.


Battling for hearts and minds

By Tufail Ahmed Baloch

December 6, 2018 – 2:09 am

The insurgents are fueling their movements with the covert soft and hard support extracted from the inhabitants of insurgency-hit surrounding regions. It has become critically necessary to identify and address the root causes of ongoing insurgency, which is persistent beyond one decade, and which has disturbed social norms of the region aside from causing harm to the state of Pakistan. Therefore, it is indispensably required to be countered only in the arena out of battlegrounds.